Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Have a Blessed Day

Today is the last day of a short work week and I am a bit under the weather, but I wanted to take a few moments for today's post.  Last week while driving home, I was listening to a local radio station where the topic of discussion was that a woman working for the TSA greeted each passenger who came her way by saying "Have a blessed day."  The host was offended.  While that was shock enough, I could not believe how many callers called in saying the same exact thing.  Many felt it was an unnecessary religious Christian intrusion into their day and that this lady should not have taken her faith to work.  I do not know this lady.  I do not even know if she was a Christian, but that was the perception and that will be the assumption for today's post.  There are two questions I want to address.  The first is whether or not we should leave our faith at home when we go to work and the other is whether or not we should change for the sake of offending the world.  I hope you know the answers already. 
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Matthew 5:14-15 NKJV
We are the light of the world and the light we shine is the light of Jesus.  Just as man does not light a lamp or candle only to hide its light, God did not make us lights so that we could be hidden.  We are not to leave our faith  at home when we go to work.  There is no such thing as leaving your faith at home.  Being a Christian means being a new creation.  Being a Christian means the Holy Spirit living in your heart.  If you can leave your faith at home, you do not have faith.  I say that because, for the Christian, Jesus is the center of our lives.  Jesus redefines our lives from the inside out.  Those things we once did we are to do no longer.  That man we once were is no longer even alive.  We can not separate ourselves from our faith.  We can not turn off and on our Christianity like a switch. God made us lights and He made us to shine.

The first answer alludes to the answer to the second question.  If we are made the light of the world by God, we should not tone down that light for the sake of others.  I am not saying that we should be obnoxious.  We should not greet everyone by telling them to believe in Jesus or they are going to Hell, but we should always be open to the leading and opportunities to share the hope that is in us.  We should never shy away from wishing someone a a blessed day or even telling them that Jesus loves them.  We must live as the lights we are and trust God to deal with the consequences.  Others will be offended, but the world is supposed to hate us.  Remember, the world rejects the light of Christ because the world loves darkness.  Remember, the world will hate us because it first hated Christ.  We should not try to temper our faith to prevent that from happening.  We should not try to shroud our lights because others do not like it.  We are not going to save any souls by making ourselves more palatable to a man who rejects the Savior we are trying to share.  We can not water down our faith or our Lord for the sake of an unbelieving world.  Let them be offended because that offense is the Holy Spirit working in their hearts.

The point I am making is simple.  Be who you are.  Do not try to hide that you are a Christian for any reason.  Many have died martyr's deaths letting their light shine before men.  We count those as heroes of the faith and we should.  Stand firm in who you are, wish people a blessed day if that is your way, and always be ready to share the glorious beautiful message of the gospel whenever the Lord leads you.  Be the light God has made you to be and trust God to handle the rest. 
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.  Matthew 5:16 NKJV

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