If you’ve ever watched fireworks, then you know how mesmerizing the view can be. Each tiny light makes its way into the darkness, and two perfectly-timed fuses within a shell perform their duty to create a luminous masterpiece. If the shell sits in a covered box, protected from anything that might ignite it, then the beauty it contains is never seen. The incredible vision of light it provides is, sadly, never displayed.
We should have faith like fireworks, but sometimes expressing faith in Christ is challenging. I’ve had times when I’ve struggled with how to be a witness for Christ, and I’m guessing you have too. Putting our faith first can rub someone the wrong way or explaining a differing opinion can be taken from the opposite view we intended. Yet, God’s Word reveals that we are called to be a light in the world. Matthew 5:14-16 CSB reminds us:
“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
While it’s tempting to keep our “shells in the box” and avoid revealing the light of Christ inside our hearts, living our faith out loud isn’t an option if we truly love the Lord. As Christians, we must not be afraid to shine God’s light into the night sky, revealing the beauty of the Gospel to a dark world.
So how can we do this? Just like the perfectly-timed fuses contained with the shells of fireworks, the Holy Spirit within us can show us the way to spread the Light of the world. Watch for opportunities to share your own faith story in open situations. Always be ready to talk about the hope God has entrusted in you. Be in tune to say the right word at the appropriate time. Take action by serving others and meeting their needs, both physical and spiritual. What a wondrous display of God’s light to live each day intentionally, doing our part to love others!
This July 4th week, we invite you to be brave and share your faith like fireworks.