Remove the barriers that keep people from Jesus.
15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
As followers of Jesus we will probably agree that Jesus is the most important thing in our lives, it is a popular idea but there are a lot of ways that we lose our focus and forget what is important. It is easy to put stumbling blocks in the way and making it difficult for people to see Jesus.It is hard to imagine but here in the U.S.A. there are people that have never heard the name Jesus in a positive way.
Our lifestyle can get in the way.
The world will watch those that claim to know Jesus and they will try to see Jesus in your life, will they see him in your life? Are there things in your life that get in the way and block their view of Jesus?
Jesus stood up for what is right and he ruffled some feathers when he opposed people that were against him but for the most part Jesus was known for love.
Our teaching can get in the way.
When Jesus came to earth he found that his people had lost their focus and the religious leaders were probably the worst of them. They had taken the law to the extreme and used it as a weapon to oppress the people.
We may teach people that they are not good enough, not the right nationality, not the right upbringing or not the right something else but Jesus put us all in the same category. We are all sinners that need a Savior as far as he is concerned.
|John 14:6 Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.|
Showing Jesus to the world is a matter of obedience, Jesus didn't tell us that we had a choice or that we should shy away from telling others because we may offend them, he told us to go and make disciples. Tolerance is the name of the game today and there is a growing belief in the idea that Jesus can't be the only way, but if we really believe that he is God's son then there isn't a choice, he must be the only way because he told us that he is.
We need to show Jesus to people, it needs to begin in our own lives as individuals, they need to see that Jesus makes a difference and that he is worth checking out. If we are salt and light in this desperate world then we will make a difference in the lives around us.