As Apostolic ladies, we have multiple things that make us stand out. When people ask what religion we are, we often tell them what we can’t do. At least that’s what happens to me. I say something like, I can’t cut my hair, or I can’t wear pants, and so on. But, imagine what people would think about the truth if we told them what we can do! When you stand out, you can’t hide it. Unless, you try to blend in with everyone else. But, God gave us these standards for a reason!
The bible says, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” -Matthew 5:14 KJV
Being a light in every environment is important. I do online school as a freshman now, so I am surrounded by church friends and family. But, when I was in public school I’d feel so insecure about being one of the only girls in the school wearing a skirt in gym class and with my uniform. When you’re singled out you have to make it for the right reasons. God didn’t put me in that school to be the weird girl that wears skirts, doesn’t cut her hair, and has all these standards. He put me in that school to be different. To be a light in a lampshade faith world.
God doesn’t want you to hide your faith. The only way to hide your faith is to not have it at all. If you have no faith, your light burns out. When a light bulb flickers, it means it’s running out of power or it’s not put in right. God has to put you in a flicker of faith position before you can be restored.
“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.” – Matthew 5:15-16 KJV
In these two verses, you see that Jesus tells His people not to hide our faith. If you put a candle stick under some sort of foundation, that foundation will burn down. Don’t try and hide your value because you won’t be fulfilling your true purpose! Sharing your light will lift those around you and it will glorify God. That’s why it’s important not to have lampshade faith.