Before I begin and introduce this challenge, there is a downloadable at the bottom of this post that will help you in the challenge. All the material in this post is very important to the Challenge so make sure read it all for proper foundations. And I have a special gift if you complete the challenge, you’ll find those details in the downloadable.
As we come to the end of 2020, I think we can all agree we’ve faced a year that none of us really expected 12 months ago. However, it’s very easy to look at how hard this year has been and lose sight of God’s movement and His presence with us throughout the past year.
We, as disciples of Christ, are a different sort of breed – for we don’t just believe in Jesus through words alone – we want to follow Him in all things.
Listen to the words of Jesus from the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
14 You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
When we follow Jesus in all things, we can’t help but be a conduit of His light in the world. However, we can dampen the light of Christ in us when we don’t take serious the Great Commandment:
Matthew 22:36-40 NLT
36 “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the law of Moses?”
37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
We all have an active part in God’s plan of redemption. The Gospel isn’t reserved just for us, but it should affect everything we do and every aspect of who we are. We do that by both “coming and going.”
Coming And Going
What do I mean by “coming and going,” Well, it’s a foundational principle for our walk with Jesus and becoming more and more like Him.
We first “come” to Jesus. Then, we stay and abide in Him. We allow Him to mold us, transform us, and take us from brokenness to completeness in Him. Then, we’re called to “go” – we take our internal relationship with Christ and go out into the world sharing Christ’s light in us. We do this through loving acts, through kindness, through gentleness, through goodness, through peace, through patience, through sharing your joy in Christ, through faithfulness even when things are tough, and through self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
Again, we come to Christ as our source of light and we then go into the world shining His light wherever we go and loving all people, yes even those who annoy, offend, or have hurt us.
The structure of this 15 Day Be The Light Challenge is based on this idea of coming and going.
Throughout the 15 Day Challenge, there will be alternating daily challenges that focus on coming and going. The “coming” challenges will be personal time experiences where you reflect and spend time with God. The “going” challenges will ask you to share the light with the world. In other words, there will be both internally-focused quiet time challenges and externally-centered challenges where you’ll be asked to interact with other people. Exciting, huh!?
To help you stay on track, I have a downloadable for you to grab, which you can download by clicking the link to the challenge for Day 1. You’ll find this resource below.
And I also will house links to all of the challenges on this page as they become available, so bookmark this webpage.