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Impossible to Resist the Light

“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”1

The story is told of Gordon Maxwell, missionary to India, that when he asked a Hindu scholar to teach him the language, the Hindu replied: “No Sahib, I will not teach you my language. You would make me a Christian.”

Gordon Maxwell replied: “You misunderstand me. I am simply asking you to teach me your language.”

Again, the Hindu responded, “No, Sahib, I will not teach you. No man can live with you and not become a Christian.”


Wow. What a powerful testimony Gordon Maxwell must have had for the Hindu man to be so convinced of what would happen should he spend time with him! Wouldn’t it be amazing to see someone’s faith in action so loudly that words were not necessary? This is what God wants from all His followers, including you and me.

The only way we can have this kind of testimony is by allowing Christ to live in and through us. As we surrender to Christ and die to our flesh, the fruits of the Holy Spirit will shine brighter and brighter in our lives. And the more we practice the fruits of the Spirit in our everyday interactions with others, the more Christ will be seen. This is one of the most effective ways to lead others to Christ. People are tired of hearing empty words, but when they see those words supported by a lifestyle, it will be impossible for them to resist the Light.

Suggested prayer: Dear God, I ask you to work in my heart, remove all the things that are prohibiting your light to shine through me. I surrender to you and ask that my life would be a visible example of who you are and what you can do. I pray that your Holy Spirit would shine so bright through me that others would be drawn to a personal relationship with you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  1. Matthew 5:16 (NIV).


Today's Encounter was written by: Crystal B.

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