Shine Karyn Brownlee
Part 1: Shine Biblically To shine “as lights in the world” as Paul instructed we must hold fast to the light of truth (Philippians 2:15-16). We must marry ourselves to it. Just as a husband can finish his wife’s sentences, so we should be able to speak the words of God as we walk as influencers in this generation. How does one know the words of God, but to study the Word of God? Because of the evangelism movement in recent decades, many Christians today are long on faith and short on substance. Surely faith in our Lord takes precedence over all, but we should have an informed faith. Peter charges believers, “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect” (1Peter 3:15). In our society, we are often put on the defensive. We must be prepared to respond as Jesus did, with “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God” (Ephesians 6:17). Especially as women in ministry, we must faithfully sit at the Lord’s feet not just in prayer, but in meditation of His Word. It seems ironic that those spreading the Word would not study it for themselves, but I have heard many a woman admit this to be the case. Things just get in the way. But the wise woman will guard herself against such obstacles. Consider the following:
Women juggle many things each day. For women in media ministry, our work can become a replacement for time in the Word. We justify to ourselves that time spent preparing for speaking or writing suffices for our own personal learning time with God. It doesn’t. God wants to speak to us individually about our hearts and our lives.
Women struggle with the authority of Scripture. We have the tendencies of Eve, falling prey to the questions raised by Satan. “Did God really say…?” (Genesis 3:1) Such questions prevail in our Page 1
culture, as more and more denominations water down the truth for a more appealing drink. Peter warns us of false prophets who malign the way of truth (2 Peter 2:2).
Women pass the buck. Let’s be honest. We often rely on others to do our study for us, reading nonfiction texts and listening to sermons from others. These activities hold great value, but we must not rely on them as a substitute for hearing from God on our own through the pages of His Word. Nor should we think that it’s not our job to study unless we are called to teach. There is a rampant war of words and worlds all around us. People misquote and misuse Scripture to support their personal desires and political agendas. Humanists and naturalists seek to destroy the biblical worldview. But we are called to be representatives of His Word as light amid darkness. As we work to further God’s kingdom on earth, may we be faithful to communicate the truth, and nothing but the truth, so help us God. _____________________________________________________ Karyn Brownlee is a master communicator and former school principal who inspires others to a more intelligent, intentional and influential faith walk. Having seen and experienced the negative effects of “culturalized Christianity,” Karyn now embraces a biblical worldview and enjoys a brighter walk with God. This fuels her passion for proclaiming truth and brightening lives. A cultural commentator for EverydayChristian.com, Karyn is also a Bible teacher, speaker, mentor and writer. Her writing has been featured on such websites as Michael Hyatt, CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishers, and the Manhattan Declaration, a national call of Christian conscience.
You can visit Karyn online at www.BrighterWalk.com