For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your body,
and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 6:20
My natural tendency is to think that I have been delivered from the power of sin and death so that I, and my family, may one day have a home in heaven. That is not altogether wrong, but in God’s great plan the life that I now live has a much greater purpose.
That ye may be blameless and harmless,
the sons of God, without rebuke,
in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation,
among whom ye shine as lights in the world.
We who have surrendered our lives to the Lord Jesus Christ, have received light. This light was not given solely for our personal benefit, but to be shared with the multitudes around us who are in darkness. Not to be hidden within the container of our family, or our congregation, but to be visible to all.
But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts:
and be ready always to give an answer
to every man that asketh you
a reason of the hope that is in you
with meekness and fear.
1 Peter 3:15
We cannot just be silent witnesses, or lights. If our life honours and glorifies God, we will be called upon to explain the reasons for our life and our faith. Our words then must also honour and glorify God, not ourselves.