Don’t just walk the smooth streets. Walk paths that no one has walked before, so that you can leave traces and not just dust.
(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Following Jesus does not mean that we will share the same experiences He had as He walked the earth. However, since God created us as individuals, we as His children will leave a kind of divine imprint on this visible world and on people, especially on those who do not know God yet. This imprint will be of eternal value. It doesn’t matter whether people like us or not, whether they approve of what we do (or of what we prefer to rather not do according to their will!) or if they fully reject us, it doesn’t matter at all. In all these cases God comes through as we give Him increasingly free rein to do through us whatever He wants so that we can eventually join the apostle Paul who said,
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20 KJV)
Another Scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is the The Light of the World that even shines through His followers in whom He dwells. Jesus said,
“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. “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.” (Mt 5:13-16 ESV)
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