14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
For those of you that are old enough to remember, there was song by a group named Acapella Vocal Band entitled “Whats your tag say?” The purpose of the song is getting you to examine what your life says about your beliefs in Jesus Christ. Just like we wear Reebok or Nike’s on our shoes, the question is do we wear the name of Jesus Christ on our lives? Does the way you live show that you believe in and have a relationship with Jesus Christ?
A friend of mine, that i went to college with, passed away this week. I knew him when i was in school, but we got to know each other a lot better through our communications on Facebook. After he passed away, his timeline lit up with messages about how much his posting on Facebook had brightened someone’s day and showed what kind of relationship he had with Jesus Christ. Are we using our time online to encourage and build others up or to tear them down?
I was left thinking about this question: “What does my Timeline say?” When people look at my wall on Facebook do they see a person who is sold out and committed to Jesus Christ? Most importantly, when people look at my life do they see Jesus as the lord of it? What does the timeline of our lives say? The last several messages that my friend posted on Facebook were all about God being our refuge and being thankful for the day that God had given him. These messages were there because that was how he lived his entire life. Are we shining our light everywhere we go?
Do we glorify God with the way that we use the internet or does it contradict the way we live the rest of our lives? We all have an actual timeline and that is why Mark Zuckerburg’s idea is so relevant, even though it can be a pain. We do not know when that timeline will end all we know is that we have today. What are we doing with the timelines of our lives? Are we letting our lights shine before men or have we allowed the discouragement, sufferings, and frustrations of this life extinguish our flame?