These are some of our friends in Delhi who are sharing about Jesus in their everyday lives. They live in a very crowded place in North Delhi, with poverty and many difficult things all around them, and yet they are young and seeking to live out loud spiritually. The photo on the right is Rick visiting a boys home in Delhi sharing God’s love in a practical way.
How are you doing in letting your light shine—thanking God and glorifying him in your daily life? In Matthew 5:16 Jesus says: “Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” See how many times in casual conversation this week you can actively acknowledge God’s goodness and the fact that you are a follower of Jesus.
Talk to everyone the same way you talk to followers of Jesus. Too often we talk to fellow disciples freely about God but we hide our spiritual life from others. (We prayed for our grandson Noah to begin walking and within a week, he took a few steps! ) We should not hide our light. Part of living out loud spiritually is just talking honestly about God’s role in our lives to everyone. This is not forcing our faith on anyone. It is just being real. If people want to know more, they can ask more questions. If not, they learn that God is a real part of our everyday life.
Thank God. The psalmist said to “declare his glory… and marvelous deeds” (96:3). One simple way to speak of God’s goodness is simply to tell others what we are thankful for or to speak of how God has blessed us. Every day we are asked, “How are you?” Answering, “I’m thankful to God for this beautiful weather” is an easy way to point to God’s goodness, or “We prayed last night and my pain is gone.”
Offer to pray. Almost every day we meet people who are sick, discouraged, or overwhelmed by life’s problems. We can easy ask, “Can I pray for you right now?” Few people will turn down that oﬀer. Like Jesus’ public prayers, our prayers for others at work, at school, or in a store should be short and to the point.
Share what God is doing in your own life. How is God at work in your own life? Is He helping you overcome something? Is he teaching you how too handle your anger better or to be a better friend? Sharing your struggles and how God is helping you can be powerful.
Be a caring friend. When we listen to others and care about their needs, conversations can lead to spiritual conversations.
Take a look at Luke 10:25-37 (who is our neighbor?)
Write down one way that you might respond to this story, and the name of someone that you could share the story with. (
(Outline taken from Jim Egli)