We are supposed to be a light to the nations, drawing them to YHVH and His wonderful Torah. We should be like a candle in the window, beckoning travelers to come in and get refreshed.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
But too often, we are like a lighthouse warning them to stay away. Our words and our actions make them want to run the other way, rather than learn more about our faith.
Our mouths should speak:
Torah is such a blessing!The feasts are so hands on for my children!I love that my God keeps His promises and never changes! The Bible has just come alive for me! Shabbat is such a wonderful gift of rest and refreshing!
But instead, we choose to dwell on the negative and say:
We don’t celebrate those pagan holidays.
We aren’t allowed to eat pork.
We’ve been taught lies.
If you don’t obey Torah, you’re going to hell.
You’re not obeying the commands right!
Sometimes we feel negative, and that’s ok. What I’m saying is that we shouldn’t be projecting that negativity to those watching us.
We need to return to the basics.
Let’s learn to love YHVH with all our hearts!
We need to learn to do things His way out of a grateful and joyful heart. We do not have a religion, but rather an Abba that delivered us from the confining and imprisoning power of sin. It is a delight to serve Him in love.
Let’s learn to love our neighbor!
To love is to choose to do what is best for the other person. Is it best for our neighbor to hear us complain about everything we have given up to obey Torah? Will that draw them to Torah? Or is it best to think on what we are thankful for and speak of it often?
Will our neighbor be drawn to Torah if they only see us arguing amongst ourselves? Or should we dwell on our commonalities and discuss our differences in the privacy of our own homes?
To find the answers to these questions, we must ask how we would want to be treated. This is how Yeshua taught us to live.
We keep Torah in vain if we have not learned the two great commandments. Love YHVH and love your neighbor. The very essence of Torah is to please our Heavenly Father, and, through our obedience, draw others to Him.
What kind of light have you been?
I know I want to be more like that candle in the window.
I wrote an ebook titled “A Beginner’s Guide to Torah Living.” In it, I deal with the attitudes and principles behind keeping Torah. It’s not just a set of rules. It’s a lifestyle of learning to love YHVH and our fellow man. You can get a free copy below.