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Next Step – Day 30

Next Steps

How can I most effectively help others?

This is the final day in this series. If you have followed these studies to this point, you have begun to set in place a solid foundation for your life as a believer. My goal at the outset was to help you explore some basic truths and establish patterns of thinking about your spiritual life. It was to build momentum toward a future in which you are vitally related to Christ. I am deeply grateful if these goals have been met. In fact, little could give me more joy than to know you are well on your way toward a growing, rewarding and purposeful walk with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Now I want to encourage you to be a bearer of the light you have received. You can now be a light to help others. Light is a powerful metaphor in the Bible, and it is always set in contrast to darkness.

  • In the beginning of creation, when darkness covered the earth, God simply said, “Let there be light” — and there was light (Genesis 1:3)
  • Jesus came into a dark fallen world as Light: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness” (John 1:4,5)
  • On one occasion, Jesus forgave a woman caught in adultery, then said: “I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life” (John 8:12)

When you came to Christ, you came out of darkness and received that light. Paul observed: “He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love” (Colossians 1:13). And Peter says, “(He) called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9).

A fascinating aspect of light is that it always extinguishes the darkness. Even a single candle burning in a dark room illuminates everything in that room. We can even consider the Internet from the perspective of darkness and light. Someone told me the Internet is 80-85 percent darkness. That may be so, but I praise God for the 15 percent that is light, because we know that light will ultimately overcome the darkness. Sending these studies to every corner of the world, some of which are very dark, is testimony to the power of light.

How can you be a bearer of light?

  • If you have encountered the truth of the gospel on a website, share that site with a friend. If you want to share my story, it is at www.lifesgreatestquestion.com.
  • Look for doors the Lord may open for you to tell a family member, a friend or coworker about Christ.
  • Let your transformed life be a beacon of light as the light of Christ flows through you. Remember, we are merely the conduits for the light. It is the light from Christ in us that will reach into the lives of others.

I close this study with the charge Jesus gave His followers in the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:14-16. It is a challenge to you and to me — that we might be His light-bearers wherever He takes us for the rest of our days.

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.

May God bless and keep you always.

John Beckett

Final Thought I will bear His light to others who are in darkness.
Copyright © 2006 by John D. Beckett

Thank you for walking through this part of my journey with me. I praise God for having this information available and for all that I have learned and was able to share with you all here and my son! Continue to check back, see what we’re studying next. Stay close to Him, in His Word, and prayer.

Heavenly Father,
Thank You for the strength given to continue this study… I lift up all new, old, still growing, … Christians to You Father for guidance and wisdom. Help us to know Your Will for our lives. Words cannot express how I feel right now. I look forward to growing more in this journey here. I ask You Father to use me, shine Your light through to reach those still lost out there – as they need You Father – we all do. Thank You for being here for us.
I pray, in Jesus’ name, amen.


2 Responses

  1. I am happy I was led here today. I was looking for a way to find the Next Steps that I missed in John Beckett’s 30-Day Guide for New Believer’s. I missed Days 2 and 8. So if anyone has these, please let me know how to obtain them by emailing Godfaithlovey@yahoo.com and thank you and Be blessed! (smile)

  2. Good morning… I’ll be sending you an email – but wanted to let everyone know: there are a couple of ways to find the missed days! If you look on my sidebar, Bible Study section, you’ll see the “Next Steps” Icon which you can click on and it will take you to: http://www.30daynextsteps.com/ where you can see all of the days! Also you can see all of the days here on my blog (and thoughts) by choosing the Category: Next Steps… then you can comment while you go along as well!

    I too am glad that you found my blog. I pray you’re journey is truly blessed!

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