“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won’t need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don’t fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” ~ Dwight L. Moody
There is a huge difference between being a light that attracts and being a “bug zapper.” Leaders who are truly attractive will light up their world by providing a sense of safety, warmth and comfort to those who come near. As Christian leaders, we need to shine in a way that is naturally attractive to those around us. I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but there are some leaders who look like lights until we move a little closer. Only then we discover all too late that they are really “bug zappers”.
“Bug zappers” are those people who draw us in by pretending to be something they are not and seek to manipulate the relationship for their own gain. They lack true character and only use their pretend light to conceal a hidden agenda. They are intent on serving themselves and will use every means in their power toward that end. You have probably encountered a few people like this along the way. Unfortunately, many will hide behind symbols and words of faith, but with little commitment to living out what they proclaim. These people do great harm to the cause of Christ.
Leaders in the early church set a compelling example for us in how to genuinely live out our faith in order to shine for Jesus Christ. These men and women lived as lights of love and hope in a dark and confusing world. Take note of the values and character that made them so attractive:
They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity, all the while praising God and enjoying the goodwill of all the people. And each day the Lord added to their fellowship those who were being saved. (Acts 2:46-47)
Did you notice that worshiping and praising God was their priority? They lived life together in harmony. They had a positive joyful attitude. They were generous with each other and they looked out for everyone’s best interest. People in their community were naturally attracted to them because of their authentic faith. Their light shined as an example that brought hope and comfort. Those living in darkness around them were drawn in by the warmth of their true light.
As Christian leaders, we need to follow their example and shine every day as an authentic light for the gospel of Jesus Christ. Just imagine the life changing impact we could have in our communities by being that kind of light. Think about how you might encourage other Christian leaders in your community to join you in this effort. Be intentional today about genuinely shining for Christ and you will be attractive to those needing hope.