For months now our congregation has been emphasizing the “Think Souls” motto. We have had many classes, sermons, articles, retreats, and lectureships to help us be more evangelistic. However, sometimes we can get caught up in all of the details of getting Bible studies and inviting friends to church that we forget about one of the most evangelistic tools of all, just being a good Christian example.
At one point Benjamin Franklin was trying to interest the people of Philadelphia in street lighting. He didn’t just persuade people by talking about it though. What he did was hang a beautiful lantern in front of his home. He would keep the glass clean and polished and made sure to light it every evening. People noticed this light from far away and would walk in the light to help avoid obstacles. People quickly saw the benefits of such lighting and began putting lanterns outside their homes as well.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Let’s remember that when people see a genuine Christian example, they are going to be drawn to the light we are shining. When people look at us and see the peace, joy, and hope we have, hopefully they will want to have that as well. The ultimate goal is for others to see our example and decide to glorify God in their lives as well. However, is our example consistent with what we want other people to do? Let make sure we are “Thinking Souls” in all we do, especially in the way we “Shine the Light.”