the direction of light: pointing them to heaven

He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. – John 1:8, NIV

by Toni Birdsong
If John the Baptist was clear on one thing in his life it was this: that he was nothing compared to the hurricane that was coming.

John the Baptist is one of scripture’s best examples of a human point of Light that never waivered. So much so that the darkness (Herod) eventually took off John’s head for shining light on people’s sin.

Everything about John’s life pointed heavenward. He wasn’t known for confusing the crowds. They knew exactly where he stood. His words, teachings, and lifestyle were an arrow leading people straight to Jesus Christ, the promised Messiah. The scriptures never indicate pride, grumbling, or an identity crisis regarding John’s attitude. He was born to herald The One True Light when it burst into the world. And that’s exactly what he did.

What if we all had the calling, clarity, and consistency of John?

But our lives don’t always point to Christ—especially when we log online; our purpose is not always so crystal clear. Words stream in and words stream out; sometimes inspired and anointed, other times casual and rambling.

In the Land of Shiny Things the faces, agendas, opinions, and ideologies of others fall over our eyes and minds like fresh fallen snow. We then respond with our faces, agendas, opinions, and ideologies. And the cycle repeats. If we aren’t careful this routine can gradually divert our light until we begin to illuminate ourselves instead of God.

Dwight L. Moody once said, “Christians are the world’s Bible.” He wasn’t elevating man’s authority, just acknowledging that most unbelievers will never read the bible. But they will watch you.

Do you have to get up on a rock and preach like John to be heard? Not quite.

Your life points to Christ when you:

  • Don’t have to project status or perfection.
  • Don’t pass judgment.
  • Don’t have to win every argument.
  • Don’t need to act like a big shot.
  • Take the time to encourage others.
  • Care about the details.
  • Listen to and respond thoughtfully to what’s going on in other people’s lives.
  • Respond to unfair treatment minus the bitterness.
  • Learn from criticism without defensiveness.
  • Forgive and ask for forgiveness.
  • Can suffer a failure or a loss without being emotionally devastated.
  • Are consistently kind, generous, and loving to everyone regardless or title, rank, or position in life.

The online world creates a fantastic opportunity for you to echo John’s humility and mission-centric heart.

If you truly are a Christ follower, you’ve settled in your heart that your life is not your own. Like John, your life is a directional sign that shines a light—for the lost, the broken, the prideful, and the imprisoned—so they too can make it home.

Post/Tweet this today:

John’s life and mission pointed to Christ. Where does your life point when you log online? #LiveSticky

Join us tomorrow for The Armor of Light: Your Power Online at The Virtual Abbey’s blog.

Is it difficult for you to point to Christ in your online circles? What’s your biggest challenge?

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  • http://twitter.com/SandraHeskaKing SandraHeskaKing

    One of my big challenges is time. There are so many wonderful folks I want to interact with. So many wonderful blogs I want to read and comment on. So many people I want to encourage. and learn from. I need to remember I can’t do it all with all.

    I’m also learning not to comment on blogs, respond to comments on my own blog, and maybe not even post or tweet when I’m tired. Words just don’t come out right then. Just like they don’t in the face-to-face. 😉

  • Tami Heim

    Sandy I share that challenge with you – time. I try to focus mine online and like you – there are so many things I want to read and explore. Little routines help me get to most of the places I’m drawn to each day. Good point about resisting the need to always comment or respond. Thanks for that one!

    As far as pointing to heaven – reviewing several days worth of my personal posts helps me evaluate if I am headed in the right direction. It’s easy for me to tell when I was tired and should have opted for a time-out or time-off instead.


    Nice Words of GOD! Blessings for you!


  • Anonymous

    God bless you David. Thanks for stopping by! Merry Christmas!