Bible Verse: “I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” Philemon 1:6
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As I was reading the letter/prayer to Philemon from Paul, verse 6 made me think of the childhood song “This little gospel light of mine”. Paul’s prayer for Philemon is that he would share his faith, do so effectively and for the sake of Christ. We too are asked to share our faith and to let it shine all the time.
The word “sharing” means fellowship. Philemon shares his faith while in fellowship with other believers. If you read further into the chapter of Philemon, you will see that he has a home church and that his kindness has often refreshed the hearts of God’s people.
The word “effective” suggests a certain type of energy or power, that is strong enough to bring about change. Hebrews 4:12 say’s “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-sided sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow.”
When we share our faith with others in our lives, whether it is our family, friends, co-workers, church members or strangers, we are sharing the genuineness of our trust and belief in Christ, and doing so in a way that allows others to embrace our Lord.
Matthew 5:16 says “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
For me, sharing my faith with others is easier in small, intimate times of conversations. My friends often call me “councilor” as I am their go to person when they are going thru tough times and wanting a voice of encouragement.
One of those intimate times of conversation happened on an evening that my husband and I were shopping in Kirkland’s. Let me tell you the story:
The hunt was on, my purpose was clear. I was out to find just the right lamp, that perfect piece that would dazzle and shine in my home. It was here that I ran into a woman I knew from church. We immediately started talking about our recent experience in the bible study we were in. I asked her about a recent situation in her life that she had shared in our prayer time, and before I knew it, we were standing in Kirkland’s, amongst the dazzle and shine of the lamps, crying and praying together about her situation.
This moment of fellowship with my sister in Christ, allowed me to effectively share God’s love with her. This little gospel light of mine, I’m going to let it shine……. That day in my hunt for the perfect lamp, God’s love was the dazzle and shine that we needed and our Father in heaven was glorified.
How does your life shine for God? What are some of the ways we can share our faith with the people in our lives? How can we be more effective in sharing our faith with others?
Heavenly Father, thank you for being the dazzle and shine in our lives! May the power of your word continue to be alive and sharper than a two-sided sword in our ministry. Help us to be brave enough to let our little gospel light shine continuously and without hesitation. Amen