“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how
can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be
thrown out and trampled underfoot. “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."
Reading over this verse yesterday reminded me of my friend. I know God forgives and He gives us second chances- I mean He already has given me knew opportunities to be a light. It is good to realize the chances we've missed though because it allows us to learn from them. By seeing what we've done wrong, and learning what the Bible says about it, we're able to grow and mature and be ready for the next opportunity. I see the opportunity with that friend as a test. God told me, "Alright, Sophie, here's your chance to be a good friend, yet at the same time, represent me and who I am. Show her what it's like to live a life for Me." The problem is, I didn't pass that test. Now, God took me in and refined me again. He showed me what I did wrong and He taught me how to do better. I learned and He sent me the second test with another friend. This time, I was able to pass the test. It's still a work in progress- I still mess up and lose valuable opportunities- but with His help, I'm trying to represent Him wherever I go. As His ambassador, I should never cease the opportunity to share Him with others who don't know Him, or are new in their relationship with Him. It's a big job, but as His children and with his help and power, God has made us capable of doing it.
Have you wasted an opportunity to be a light to someone? What happened?
Have you succeeded in God's test and been able to influence someone? Was it a blessing?
I'd love to hear your thoughts!