Saturday, January 5, 2013

You Are the Light of the World (Matthew 5:14)


"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)

Often, the temptation in life is to try to run away from people. Someone would say, "I can do ministry; only if there were no people!" But, ministry and people are connected; it is impossible to separate both. Jesus Himself came to serve, not to be served. There would be someone else who might say, "Only if I could just run away to a new place and then it would be wonderful." Yes, you should run to many new places, as the Lord opens doors; but, do not despise the place you are in right now. Every candle has its own stand. Of course, sometimes, especially when it is dark, we have to carry our candle from one place to another (or carry our torches where we go) in order to light another candle there. Similarly, God will carry you from one place to another in order to light more candles, so that the whole world will see the light of God.

So, the FACT is stated: You are the light of the world; and the COMMAND is given: Let your light shine before men!

SHINE BOLDLY - Do not be afraid to shine. It's not bad or prideful or over exerting to shine; because to shine is the duty of light. Do not be afraid to let your light shine before people. Do not hide your talents. Do not think "What will they say?" Do not be afraid that people will criticize. Millions of them still criticize God. Don't be afraid if people look rough and tough. Don't be afraid that they may reject you or not accept you. Because once the light has shone, there is no reversal. The job is done; it is impossible not to see what light has exposed, unless people choose to cover their eyes and run into darkness. So, shine. Shine boldy!

SHINE BRIGHTLY - Don't let the fire be dim. Shine brightly. Let the fire glow bright. It should attract attention. It should be clearly visible. Don't just go into a corner and hide and believe God will use you from your hiding place. He didn't say "Stay inside your house." He said, "Go out into all the world." It's okay, if some people may get envious or mad or angry. There are many others who will be happy to see light. But, be bright. Speak the truth loudly, clearly, constantly, and sincerely.

LIGHT TALKS ABOUT:


THE TRUTH OF GOD - Declare the Truth of God to this generation. Be a messenger of God's word to the people. Speak out His Word.
THE LOVE OF GOD - Light talks about good deeds, which is nothing other than deeds of divine love. The Bible says that the Love of God is the fulfills the Law of God. However, darkness signifies evil deeds. But light overcomes darkness; similarly the Bible calls us to overcome evil by good.
THE LIFE OF GOD - Light also signifies life. That is what is meant by the phrase "light of life". Communicate life wherever you are. The words that you speak and the works that you do must communicate the life of God into people's life.

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