by Richard Mansel, managing editor
Our job as God’s people is to glorify Christ (Galatians 3:20-21). That includes worship, evangelism, benevolence and everything else that we do according to Scripture (Colossians 3:17).
As Christians, we must do all we can to direct people to Jesus, the Son of God. Everyone needs to come to the Lord for redemption because we cannot be saved without his blood (Romans 3:23; Romans 5:6-11).
Delivering Jesus to a lost and dying world steeped in sin, we carry out Jesus’ mission on earth to draw people from the darkness into the light (Matthew 28:18-20; 1 John 1:5).
When we enter Christ through immersion (Galatians 3:27; Romans 6:3-4), we are added to the Church belonging to Christ (Acts 20:28). In Jesus, we have no need of a light because Christ is our Sun, the light of the world (Revelation 21:23; John 8:12).
“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me'” (John 14:6, NKJV).
As members of God’s family (Ephesians 2:19), we must fill our lives with the purpose of magnifying Christ. The lost are looking for a Savior and we need to be eager to help them find their destination.
However, Christians can do many things that will prevent people from seeing the Savior. Regardless of what we may desire, the lives of Christians speak very loudly and we can obscure the light of the Son of God.
In a real sense, our sinful behavior can eclipse the Son so that no one can find him.
We eclipse the Son when we:
- fight and divide (1 Corinthians 1:10-13);
- backbite, attack and stab with our tongues (James 3:3-12);
- live lives of sin (Ephesians 4:17-19);
- teach false doctrine (Galatians 1:6-9);
- hate and slander (1 John 2:9-11).
We must all be very careful that we are not blocking the Savior’s light by our weaknesses and sins. Jesus called us to be lights to the world (Matthew 5:14-16). However, we can only do that if we remain close to the Lord.
Without Christ, the Son’s light is replaced by the darkness of Satan and we are lost. Let us keep the light on so souls can be saved.