As Christians we are called to be true lights in a very dark world. What we are called to do and how we are meant to live, is completely opposite to how this world would have us do and live.
This is why when a person first gets saved, it can be a bit of a culture shock, so the very first thing that God bring to awareness is that we need to change the way we think and mindset is a big part of the Christian journey:
Rom 12:1 I therefore urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercies, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices that are holy and pleasing to God, for this is the reasonable way for you to worship.
Rom 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but continually be transformed by the renewing of your minds so that you may be able to determine what God’s will is—what is proper, pleasing, and perfect.
When Jesus spoke to the crowd on the Mount of Olives, what he said was directly targeting their thought pattern, which would in turn effect their actions:
Mat 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
As Christians we have to create an environment within an environment, in other words, even though we are in a sin sick world, we have to be that Oasis that is there to shine.
We are from a different Kingdom and therefore we should live and operate by that kingdom’s laws and principles.
E.g This worlds principle is get, get, get where are God’s Kingdom principle is Give, give, give.
This worlds principle is get revenge on someone that has wronged you, where as God’s kingdom principle is forgive the person and let God deal with the justice part and do not hold anything in your heart towards that person.
This world’s principle is, Get rich quick by any means necessary, so that you can have more stuff, where as God’s principle is Go through challenges to develop the right character to handle money and when that character is developed and you have been diligent with your work and efforts, then God will open up the doors for you to obtain wealth, so you can be a blessing to others.
So we can clearly see that being a Christian is not just about going to church on a Sunday or what everyday you choose to gather, but being a Christian is about an everyday day effort where you are constantly going against the grain.
When you live your life this way, the reality is, you are going to upset family, friends, work colleagues and the establishment because many of these people are operating in a different kingdom to you.
Mat 10:34 Think not that I am come to send peace on earth: I came not to send peace, but a sword.
Mat 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his father, and the daughter against her mother, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Mat 10:36 And a man's foes shall be they of his own household.
Mat 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.
Mat 10:38 And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.
So if you are a people pleaser then you will always want to fit in and that will cause you to compromise God’s kingdom principles. Or if you are just a Sunday Christian, then you will be like the Children of Israel or Lots wife.
The Children of Israel where freed from slavery and escape Egypt, but Egypt was still in them, so they were constantly looking back to Egypt wishing they where still there able to enjoy she deliciousness.
Or Lots wife who really did not want to leave Sodom, she just went along because that is where her family was going, but her heart was still in Sodom. This resulted in her turning back to look when she was specifically commanded not to, which resulting in her destruction.
There are many people who say they are Christian because that is what they think their family want to hear, but their hearts are still in the world. These people never grow and many times end up resenting the things of God, think they are being stifled and not be able to truly live. The saddest part is, the same lie that caused people not to come into the Kingdom is the same lie that causes these types of people not to fulfill their true destiny in God.
To be a true light is to be a True Kingdom representative and when you live your life that way, you will stand out.
Parallel Business Principles
How do you stand out in an industry that is full of people with wrong motives and wrong exceptions?
The reality is, because of the potential in Network Marketing, the industry attracts all kinds of people and some of those people have wrong motives and have caused a lot of damage. The knock on effect is some people get the wrong opinion about the industry and that is when you start getting the objections of “it’s a Pyramid Scheme”
So how do you stand out?
By having, the right motive, the right exception, the right work ethic and the right amount of integrity.
Look and see what the majority of people are doing and do the opposite.
Create an environment with an environment where people feel safe and supported.
You have the ability to effect a lot of people’s lives if you build your business correctly. So do not let the enemy or your lack of work ethic steal that from you.
So go out there and shine!
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