"You are the light of the world - like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden." NLT
Why are you trying to blend in? No, really?
We are all guilty of it, I know I am. Trying to make people comfortable by not ruffling feathers, not rocking the spiritual boat, not stepping on toes... But you know what?
You can only keep that up but for so long.
God has an assignment for you. You were chosen and pre-ordained for greatness and to share God's message of redemption with the world. As the scripture tells us, We are the light of the world. If you have ever been to a city or town that has a house or neighborhood on a higher elevation, you probably noticed that the towns folk are always looking up there. I'm sure you found yourself doing it as well. Seeing what "they" are doing, if their lights are still on, if there is anything exciting going on up there.
That's what the world is doing to us. Someone is watching You. Don't hide - but don't show off either ;-) Conventional society tells us to garner all of the attention we can get for ourselves. Our Lord tells us to recognize that the attention we garner is to turn the observers heart and focus on HIM.
Paradigm Shift: Contrary to popular belief, it's not about you (boo!).
Matthew 5:16 "In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father." NLT
When you do well in something people will recognize and commend you, that's a given. But where the shift in recognition comes in is when those recognizing you recognize God's work IN you to do what has been done. And this means everywhere - not just at church or your circle of Christian friends - but at work, in the grocery store, on the bus, in the mall when people stand in the middle of the walkway and block you from passing by (is that just me?), you get the picture.
Don't let the world wonder whether you are a Christian. Talk about Christ and His power in your life. Display a godly mindset in your actions and appearance. "Don't hide your light under a basket! Instead put it on a stand and let it shine for all." Matthew 5:15 NLT. The King James translation puts it this way: "Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candle stick; and it giveth light to all that are in the house."
See, I told you. Now get out there and light up the world girl!