CQ Plus July 14-20 2012

Let Your Light So Shine

Preface: A short study of the context of ancient Thessalonica demonstrates that Paul’s approach to the citizens of Thessalonica was unique and carefully crafted.   

Several churches have gathered for a social outing. A newly wed young man meets his friends there. They ask him to show them his wife. If the young man were embarrassed to introduce his wife, wouldn't you think something is wrong with his relationship to her?

Why are there times when Adventists fear to let their light shine? Why do they sometimes want to identify with the world? Does this say something about their relationship with Jesus?

Paul presents a Christlike example of what sacrifice means. He ignored the prejudices of his fellow Jewish brethren and went to the corrupt idolatrous Corinth. He did not allow unfounded fears to deter him. He marched on in faith and counted it joy to suffer for Christ.

Jesus’ followers are to personalize the great commission of Matthew 28:19, 20. Remember He said, “Lo, I am with you . . . even unto the end” (verse 20). His promises are trustworthy. He said to Paul, "Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. . . . I have many people in this city" (Acts 18:9, 10, NIV). God has people in your city, in your residence, in your class. Fear not, tell them.

Sexual immorality and various forms of disobedience to God's law are all around us. Preach the saving message fearlessly, knowing that God will protect you. He wants our cooperation, for He says, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” (Isa. 6:8, KJV).

Some want to witness but do not know how to begin. The following steps have proven useful:

1. Ask God to open doors for you. God knows the individual needs of His sheep. As you work for souls, seek His guidance and protection (Acts 10:1–48).

2. Be humble and willing to share your faith. Take the first step, in spite of the fears you have. The Spirit of God goes ahead of you to soften hearts. If they will not repent, preach on (Matt. 24:14).

3. Have love and care for the converted. As babes in the faith, they need encouragement and instruction. Let your own life be a reflection of what you preach. Reveal God’s sanctifying power in your life (1 Cor. 1:1–9). Never cease to pray.