Here's something we've been looking at in Ignite.
Paul tells us in Philippians "Do all things without grumbling or questioning that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world"
Here's a few things we learn from this:
The world is dark
Paul says that the world is "crooked and perverse".
Why then are we surprised when people sin?
When sportsmen cheat; why are we surprised?
When TV personalities do horrible things; why are we surprised?
Of course we should be horrified and saddened but if the Bible is true then we shouldn't be surprised. People who are sinners will sin. A world that is dark will produce darkness.
Sin is many things, detestable, maddening, worthy of punishment.
But it is not surprising, in fact, it is predictable.
We are to be lights
Christians, on the other hand, are to live lives, not of darkness, but of light.
Christians are to be marked by "innocence". They are to be pure and do what pleases God rather than what pleases themselves.
They are to be honest in how they conduct themselves in sport and all aspects of life.
They are to love people rather than using them for their own gain.
A life like that, now that is surprising.
A bright light in a dark sky is a surprise to the darkness.
Our lives, if lived in obedience to God, will surprise people. They won't save them but they will surprise people into taking a look at what is behind our light. That's when we tell them about Jesus.
So let's not be predictably sinful. Be a surprising light.