Monday, October 17, 2011

This little light of mine!

Luke 11:33-36

     No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, it is put on a lamp stand to give light to all who enter the room. Your eye is a lamp for your body. A pure eye lets sunshine into your soul. But an evil eye shuts out the light and plunges you into darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not really darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight is shining on you.

     Once we become Christians, we also become a bright, shining light, in the midst of a dark world around us. We were once part of that darkness, but by accepting Jesus Christ (who is the true light) into our hearts we instantly began exuding his light.

     Often times, we try hiding that light, out of fear, pride or possible rejection. It’s like taking our light and hiding it under a basket. What’s the point of having a light if we’re going to hide it and be ashamed of it?

     The eye represents spiritual understanding and when we continue to have evil desires in our life, it makes our eye less sensitive and blots out the light of Christ’s presence. The more we shun our own evil desires and long after the things of Christ, the more light we allow into our soul. If we are having a hard time seeing God at work in our life and our world, we need to check our vision. Are we allowing the light of Christ in, or the darkness of the world?

     We can’t afford to have dark corners anywhere in our life. When we begin to make compromises in any area that goes against the Word of God, even in the smallest way, we are allowing the darkness of the world to enter into our soul, which will diminish the light of Christ.

     Strangers on the street should be able to see the light of Christ in our life, by just simply walking by us. If we are immersing ourselves in the Word of God and prayer, then we should be like floodlights walking around in a dark room. The greatest compliment we could ever receive is to hear the words, “you’re a Christian, aren’t you?” followed by, “there’s just something different about you.” When was the last time you and I heard that from a stranger?

     Matthew 5:14 proclaims, “You are the light of the world, like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.”

     If we are the light of the world, then we need to own up to that responsibility. Once we stop hiding our light under a basket and step into our God-ordained purpose, we will begin to see great and mighty things take place within our own lives and in those around us. God is just waiting for us to stand up and shine brightly. I challenge you today, to “let your light shine.”

     Have you ever thought of yourself as a light shining into a dark world? Are you allowing enough light from Jesus Christ in, on a daily basis? Do others notice the light in your life? Take some time today to reflect on each of these questions, then make the needed changes to move forward toward becoming the “light on a mountain” that the Bible commands each of us to be.

Have a great day!


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