Demonstrate Not Dictate
by Ken Pullen
April 1st, 2018
All Scripture referenced from the King James Version Holy Bible unless otherwise noted
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
It is easy to fall prey to the trap of telling people rather than showing them. We all at times have adopted a ‘do as I say not as I do’ approach with someone. At least once, if not much more frequently in our fleshly lives. It’s easy to do. It’s also easy to dictate to others how to live rather than demonstrating how to live.
Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount said:
Salt and Light
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
We’re not to imagine for a second we can ‘ignite’ the light on Sunday mornings and go to a church and go through all the rituals created by man of being a disciple of Jesus Christ and then for the remainder of that day, and the other six and a half days of the week fit into the world and be saved. Be one of His.
We cannot have our faith and the world.
We cannot have our cake and eat it too.
We cannot please God, Christ and the Holy Spirit and this world.
We cannot have two sets of ethics, morals, attitudes, beliefs and ways we live.
Christ demonstrated to us how we are to carry ourselves and live. He never dictated how we should live. He lived all His words of instruction, parables, and ways. He often told while always continually showing.
I’m as guilty of this as anyone happening upon this and reading this. I find it difficult in operating this website to demonstrate rather than tell — but in my daily life I fall short at times of being a lighted city on a hill, a candle on a candlestick not hidden under a bushel. I get caught in the snare of this fleshly life. In being to busy. In being distracted. In making excuses because I’m tired or in so much physical pain I don’t want to do anything but sit and relax and try to ignore everything else going on.
But each of us, if renewed of mind and spirit need to strive daily, work more diligently, be more aware of being that light shining before men so that they can see our good works and not glorify us or give us credit — but so in our doing, how we handle ourselves, in our humility, in how we carry ourselves it is clear that light within us is not of our doing, but is solely the work of God Almighty, our Father in heaven, and through our faith and demonstrating of that faith in His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord.
Each day each of us can do more, do better at keeping our candle lit and shining forth.
According to the inerrant word of God.
Pushing the busyness, the darkness, the confusion, the myths, lies, practices and falseness of this world back, aside and away. So that those within our radius can see and be touched by the light of God and Christ and the renewing of mind and spirit, the born anew way of living, the peace, joy, comfort and hope they afford to those who have faith in Them and follow Them and obey Them.
In the hope that light will touch someone in the darkness and they, too, can have salvation in the shed blood of the risen Lord Jesus Christ!
May we all live to demonstrate our faith which shows it is alive within us and thus can be seen and come to live within others rather than dictate — the telling not revealing the good works, the telling not shedding light on the darkness and keeping us from living our faith.