Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. –Hebrews 12:2-3 NIV
Imagine if you rubbed your hands with glitter, then, without washing it off, left to go to work, to the store, to school, or to have coffee. Everything you touched and everyone you met would be left with a reminder of your presence. It’d be virtually impossible not to leave a little sparkle behind. And the people you interacted with would pick it up and take it with them to their locations. It’d be conceivable to think that the glitter from just your hands could be spread miles away in only a few days.
That’s the way Christians ought to be as well. Our dedication to godliness and faithfulness to the Lord ought to be so deeply embedded in who we are that no matter where we go, or who we brush against, we would leave a little something behind. Our influence could then be transferred from one to another until many bear the mark of Christ.
Perhaps that’s kind of what it means to be the light of the world. This illustration succinctly challenges us to live in such a way that the environment and people we interact with will be impacted and irrevocably marked by Christ in us.
God, help me shine for You so that others can see who You are and glorify You forever.
Jesus, show me how to live in a way that my life makes an eternal impact for Your glory.