This one principle has provided me with direction and purpose in my life. Best part? It's simple and taken straight from the Bible.
Work hard to show the results of your salvation, obeying God with deep reverence and fear. For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.
When I first read this, I began reflecting on how I could show the results of my salvation. And as I began writing some ideas down, it hit me that although I had an abstract idea, I didn't have a solid understanding of what the word salvation means. So I googled it. And I’m happy I did, because there's an important element to this definition that I haven't considered before.
Salvation = deliverance from sin and its consequences; or preservation from harm, ruin, or loss.
The part of the definition that stood out to me was "the consequences of sin". Because I think the consequences of sin are something that many of us don't pay enough attention to.
Most believers know that there are consequences to sin in the long term. But hardly anyone talks about the short term effects of these sins.
Some of the effects that I’ve personally experienced are anxiety, insecurities and heartbreak.
However, by surrendering to God’s plan and drawing closer to the Lord these consequences have been replaced with love, power and a sound mind. (I talk about this more at the 2:47 mark in the podcast).
And so my question for you is how has the Lord been moving in your life? And how can you show those results of what God has done in you to the world.
It doesn’t have to be big. You don’t have to be a best selling author or media mogul to shine your light. Let me repeat that! You don't have to be the biggest or brightest.
You just have to be a light.
Now your other question may be: what exactly should I do to shine this light?
And unfortunately, I don’t have an answer for you there. I don't have an answer because your steps are uniquely based on your testimony, experiences and gifts.
Some advice that I can give you, though, is to get still, be open to new ideas, and be ready to follow your calling down new paths.
In going back to the original word, God will not only give you the desire to do the work, but the power to follow through.
So in planning your week, ask yourself:
How has the Lord worked in my life- that is, what are the results of my salvation?
What are the main sins that I've committed in the past?
How have the consequences of these sins shown up in my life?
How has the Lord delivered me from these sins and their consequences?
What would it look like for me to shine a light over the next week?
What specific steps can I take to show the results of my salvation over the next two days?
I hope this helps and really suggest that you listen to the audio version of this post.
On the podcast, you'll find examples and in-depth explanations that should clear up any questions that might have come up while you read this and help you to digest the message better.
To go to the podcast page, click here.
Hope to see you there!