Matthew 5:14-16 “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put in under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
I know, I know, it sounds like another childhood song right….
Seriously though, many people struggle with “just how can I shine the light of Jesus?”
Well, maybe I can shed some light (lol) on the subject.
Be present! Be active! Be ready!
The 1st step I think is to “Show Up”..Arise.
We must be alert, awake and ready to be about the Masters business. Just to make a quick note, to be about His business, you need to know it. His written Word that is.. get plugged in. In order to see that the lost come to salvation; those that are bound, to Freedom; the sick and lame, to healing; the oppressed, to their deliverance; and the saved, to the fullness of Christ; to see that lives are changed by the Power of God! We must be about the Masters Business…. Alert, made ready. Enough with mediocrity! Let us fan the flame of Gods Glory… His Son…. God neither sleeps nor slumbers concerning his people or his promises. They are yes and amen! He calls us to be awake, alert , active, sober and vigilant.
In Isaiah 60:1-5 we are given such a sweet and precious promise… If we would but “Arise” and be a light. A beacon. Darkness has filled the land in which God intended for his people to be blessed. It has become a place of bondage through sin, fear, sickness and oppression. God is ready to shine through his people. Will you be a light? James tell us in chapter 4:8 to “draw nigh to God” with a promise that “He will draw nigh to you”… Will you get closer, more intimate with the one that has purposed and planned for you a future? Oh, the possibilities. D.L.Moody once said that “the world has yet to see what God can do with a man that is totally consecrated to Him. By Gods grace I intend to be that man!” Such passion and purpose. People are in need of Hope. Healing. Will you direct them to the cross? Will your life, your actions shout loud the Glory of God? Will they see him in you?
When we walk in the light, the scriptures tell us that other will see and give the Father in heaven glory. What do they see in you? Can they give the Father glory after watching you?
It also tells us that if we shine that the Gentiles will come, our sons and daughter as well will come to the knowledge of God. Is he shining in and through you? Verse 4 says that they will come and this place shall be a place of restoration and healing!!!!! What a promise.
Listen! We as Gods people must not give up, or shut up until the Great Commission is fulfilled! Until believers shine forth the Glory of God and come to the fullness of God.
Press on, if you get knocked down get back up. You are more than a conqueror. It is not over until God says so!
Pastor Simon (SSR)