A lighthouse shines its light in the midst of the darkness, searching for lost boats in the sea. It guides ships to the safety of the shore, a lighthouse is a helper to the lost. We, as Christians, need to be like a lighthouse shining God's light to those who have fallen away from Him and searching daily for those who are lost. We need to be guiding the lost souls of the world to the narrow path that will lead them to Heaven (Matthew 7:13,14). The question is how. How can we be like a lighthouse? How can we effectively win souls for Christ?
To win souls for Christ, we must first put on our God-tinted glasses and see people as God does. It means seeing each person who goes by as someone who is not just going to the post office or the grocery store, but as someone who is stopping off on their way to either Hell or Heaven. It means looking at a cemetery and realizing that each headstone represents a soul whose eternal destiny is sealed. It means being moved with compassion when you see a lost soul as Jesus was. "Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd" (Matthew 9:35-36).
We must know the central message of God’s Kingdom. 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 is a good passage that sums up the central theme: the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ Jesus. The next thing that we need is wisdom. Having wisdom will make the message clear and persuasive. How do we attain wisdom? One very powerful way is prayer (James 1:5-8). The final thing that we need to be effective is character. If we do not embody the virtues of the King we serve, we only undermine our efforts. Galatians 5:19-23 and 2 Peter 1:5-8 lists the things our character should have and should not have. Live your life in a way that those who know you and don't know Christ will come to know Him because they know you (cf. Matthew 5:16).
It can be hard to spread your Christina light in the darkness of the world. It can be hard to keep on spreading God's Word to people who don't seem to listen to what we say. It can be hard to keep shining your Christian light when people are trying to put it out. I get it. Being a Christian is hard for me at times. Every Christian is on the same boat when it comes to shining our lights. We all have struggles that cause our fire to die down a little, but we can't just stand by and watch their fire go out. We have to encourage them and get their fire going again. "Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing" (1 Thessalonians 5:11).
We have to have the courage to care, the dare to dream of what Christians can do when they work together, and the willingness to labor on this earth for our dear Lord. "Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" (Matthew 9:38). Are you answering that prayer by being like a lighthouse, spreading your Christian light?
By: Jennifer Odom
My name is Jennifer Odom and I've been a Christian since October 2011. I'm a 19-year-old sophomore at Freed-Hardeman University. I like reading, crocheting, and Bible journaling. My favorite verse is Philippians 1:21. I write for Tomorrow's Church, Today and am the editor for Beyond the Foam. I hope to speak at several ladies days, become a music teacher, get involved with mission work, and bring as many people as I can with me to heaven. Stepping in Light is affiliated with the church of Christ.