Sometimes it’s hard to see the role we play in God’s ultimate plan. Either we feel we fall short, or we believe the things we do couldn’t possibly have an impact on God’s path for us and for others. Yet this isn’t the case at all. Each and every one of us has the power to help others see God’s glory.
Here are 3 ways to ensure you help God spread His light to others:
- Realize that shortcomings are a part of being human, and it doesn’t mean you are unclean. There may be times when you feel as though you fall short of God’s expectations for you, either because you let something slide due to other obligations and responsibilities, or because you don’t do something that God would have wanted. Although this may make you feel guilty, remember that this does not mean you are unclean or a sinner in the eyes of God. In fact, when Jesus washed the feet of Peter, he told his follower that he was clean, yet he knew that Peter would betray him three times afterwards. Through this, Jesus taught us that our shortcomings don’t matter because we belong to God; He will still see us as pure and clean. So instead of getting caught up on how you believe you have failed, rejoice in God’s majesty and tell others of His mercy. To remind yourself of His unfailing grace, cling to these words: “ “For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.” Hebrews 8:12 (ESV)
- Allow God to work through you to open the eyes of others to His glory. One of the spectacular things about God’s miracles is that He is not only able to heal the hurting with His touch, but He is also able to use it to bring others into His light. For instance, when Jesus encountered a man who had been blind since birth, he healed him, bringing the man unbelievable joy. Yet this was not the end of the miracle. After the man was healed, he told the town of the heavenly power he had just witnessed, introducing them to God’s glory. Therefore, it is important to remember to allow God’s light to flow through you as He guides, heals, and helps you because He is using you to reach others. Let these words guide you on your journey: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
- Directly lead others to His light by setting a positive example others will follow. True leadership means you aren’t simply directing others about what to do, and you aren’t just looking to have control. Instead, try to ensure that others are so impacted by your joyful attitude and prayerful ways that they are inspired to learn more about God’s glory. This way, others will step into God’s light eager to discover His miracles and to dedicate their lives to His service. In fact, this is exactly what Jesus did when he wanted the disciples to wash each other’s feet. He first washed their feet himself, leading them by example and inspiring them to be completely devoted to the Lord. Remember these words when you shepherd others into God’s flock: “Not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.” 1 Peter 5:3 (ESV)
Today, turn your blues to blessings by helping God spread His glory.
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you.” 1 Peter 5:6 (ESV)
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