John 15:16 – You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you. (NKJV)
A recent trip to the grocery store found me in the cereal aisle. There was cereal from one end of the aisle to the other. There was cereal that could be made hot, cereal to be eaten cold, cereal shaped like animals, and cereal in every colour imaginable. There was even nutritious cereal, but in order for me to determine this, I had to carefully read the "Nutrition Facts" labels on the boxes. So much effort had gone into making the cereal visually attractive that finding out what was really or not really in the box was a challenge.
This got me thinking of how things have changed since I was a child. Then, boxes were printed in black and white, and nobody worried about nutrition. Now, products are presented in fancy and flashy packaging, and time is needed to read the side of the box and find out what is truly inside.
Am I like the cereal box, all flashy and showy, but giving friends a hard time seeing who I really am inside? Or does the love of Christ show in my actions and in how I am living my life? People need to know the One who came and lived among the people and died for us. It shouldn't take a lot of effort for people to see the light of Jesus inside of me, and know that Jesus is the chief ingredient in my life.
Acts 13:47 – For so the Lord has commanded us: "I have set you as a light to the Gentiles, that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth." (NKJV)
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to live our lives in Your image. Help us to show Your light in this complex and busy world in which we live. In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.