Summer is quickly coming to an end and schools are opening again. A time of football games, exams, homework, projects, band practice… With all this hustle and bustle we can quickly be consumed by the everyday demands of life. It’s easy to forget all the great things that happened during summer break. It’s easy to forget that commitment you made to God at your youth camp. It’s easy to forget how you were able to bless others through your missions trip.
It’s easy to let a world consumed in darkness overshadow the light inside that’s burned so brightly and freely throughout the summer. It’s easy to allow peer pressure dim your light. It’s easy to skip youth group because you have band practice or you need to hang with “the girls” so you can finally achieve that popularity status.
It’s easy to turn down the “Jesus talk.” After all, your friends know you’re a Christian because you say you are. It’s easy to just go with the flow. It’s easy to let people talk down on Christianity while bashing the very values that you hold onto. It’s easy to not stand up for what you believe in. It’s easy to just sit there while you allow others to continue dimming the light inside of you.
But that’s not who you were created to be.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
Jesus said that YOU are the light of the world. And that you are to let that light shine before others.
So when you walk into your school classrooms, locker rooms, and hallways remember to be a light for others to see. Make a way in the darkness… lead others to Christ. The sad truth is, your life may be the only Bible in action people see. No one said living for God would be easy… So when it seems it would be easier to just sit back and fit in with the crowd, don’t. Stand up and be a light, even if you’re the only one. And if you’re gonna shine for Jesus, shine bright.