There’s a new Willow Tree figurine on my bureau. It’s called “Shine.” That’s my desire for the New Year—to shine Jesus’ light wherever I am—whether leading at the ministry or loving in the marketplace.

It occurs to me that we are powerless to shine, or love, or lead apart from Jesus. In EVERYTHING, He has gone first—leading the way for us to follow.

5 Ways to Shine Like Jesus

  1. Honor the Father. Jesus’ posture was to honor the Father—always placing Him above Himself—“The Father is greater than I” (John 14:28b). As we worship the Father, His glory is paramount in our hearts and His goodness flows through us.
  2. Mirror the Father. Jesus did what He saw the Father doing and said what He heard the Father saying (John 5:19). When we’re in sync with the Father through an intimate relationship, His love is evident in our actions and His truth in our words.
  3. See People as Individuals. Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree and called him by name (Luke 19:5). I’ve written down the names of a dozen or so strangers I’ve talked with recently. They are no longer strangers. They are individuals with names, dearly loved by God.
  4. Pray for People. Jesus prayed for people while He was on earth, and He’s still interceding (Romans 8:24). As you get to know individuals, write down their names and pray for them. Praying for people is worth Jesus’ time, and it’s worth ours too.
  5. Break the Barrier. Wherever He went, Jesus spoke, touched, loved. He shared meals with tax collectors, hugged lepers, and touched sick people. He wasn’t afraid of getting their stench on Him; He knew His fragrance was more powerful.

A fellow staffer and I were talking recently about how surprisingly easy it is to break the barrier between us and strangers. I said to her, “Yes, the curtain of separation between us and strangers is really, really thin. A single word of greeting, a simple initiation of conversation, and—poof—it’s gone.”

The enemy would have us believe the curtain of separation is many inches thick—so he can prevent us from sharing. It reminds me of the very thick veil in the tabernacle that prevented priests from carelessly or irreverently entering the holy of holies. Jesus’ death split it from top to bottom, opening up a new, living way for us to draw near to God (Hebrews 10:19-21).

“Jesus, You opened up the way for us to know God. Help us to open up conversations with others so they can know Him too.”

“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” (Matt. 5:14-16).


How is God leading you to share Him with others this year? Feel free to share your thoughts in the Comment Section below.



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