Because when we only stay around Christians, we know that people will share our values. They will share our desires. We know that they will like to do what we do, and will, in most ways, think like we think.
Only being around other Christians is safe. It is comfortable. It is more peaceful for us. And, truth be told, we really do need to make sure that our closest, most trusted friend are people that we can count on, and that will help us be the people that God wants us to be.
But, that said, if we only are around Christians, then how will people know the Good News of Jesus Christ. Listen to what Paul says today in 2 Corinthians 4: 4-6:
In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
Let the light shine in the darkness. We have to take the light of Christ into the world, if we want to make a difference. Let me say that again. We have to take the light of Christ into the world if we want to make a difference. We have to form relationships. We have to become friends. We have to go where “they” are, and take Jesus with us.
That doesn’t necessarily mean we have to go and start preaching. What it does mean is this. We have to go and form relationships. We have to go and be friendly. We have to go and take that love of Jesus, that’s inside of us, and love them in the same way.
Today, no matter where you are, or where you find yourself, let that light of Christ shine through you.
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