“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all 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 who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). If you have not figured it out by now, the heart of Lutheran Vocational Evangelism is this living one’s faith as a light to the world. As Jesus was about to ascend into heaven, He told His apostles and us, His disciples, as we are going about our daily lives, we are to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
Indeed, just as we excitedly share the wonderful “things” of our life, a new house, a new car, a new child, a new this or that, just so as our faith is the most important thing in our life, we are excited to share our faith with others. The first way we share our faith is by living our faith. As we live our faith, as we live our lives as God’s children, other people will notice. Others will notice that we are different as Christians because Christians are different. If we are not different than the rest of the world, we might reassess our faith.
As Christians we live lives of faith, offering our lives, doing our work, performing our job and career, not for a boss or a company, but doing so in a way in which we give glory to the Lord. As we have said before, we serve God by serving others. As we live lives of faith, we are serving God, and as we serve God, others will see the difference in us, a difference rooted in our faith and love of Jesus.
This life of faith does not mean we are to live a fake life as if we have no problems or struggles, as the world might perceive the Christian life. No, we will live a life, probably with more problems and struggles as the devil attacks us even more. The difference is in how we handle life as we take it to the Lord in prayer and confidently depend on Him knowing that in all things He will work everything to His glory. Thus, living a life of faith bears witness of our faith and trust in Jesus alone.