Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Let it Shine!

Matthew 5:14-16 "You are the light of the world - like a city on ahilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Intead a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father"

I think this one is pretty self explanatory. Let it Shine! When you come to know the Lord, His light shines in you and you need to let it shine. If we live for Christ, we glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. We hide our light by being quiet when we should speak up, going along with the crowd instead of doing what we know is right, letting sin dim our light, not telling others about Jesus, and by ignoring the needs of others.

I went to church last night for Miracle Monday and as I was praying for our group, we were praying for specific people to come to know the Lord and someone near me began to pray and thank God for me. For me! I was stunned speechless as I listened to her pour out her heart, that she wouldn't be a believer today if it weren't for me. Now I know it was God but she just kept thanking God for me. And then she said something that brought tears to my eyes (as if this weren't enough to do it), she said that I had so much joy and such a light in me, that she wanted what I had and she studied and learned and grew! I was overwhelmed.

What a wonderful sentiment! Now, I'm not tooting my own horn, I have a point here. The Word says that my reward will be in heaven. If I am brought to tears but such beautiful words how much more amazing will it be when I see people I hadn't even thought I had influenced in heaven. You see, it had never occurred to me that this person was in church because of something I had said or done. How much greater will it be in heaven? Who will you see you in heaven? And an even more important question, who will you NOT see because you have hidden the light inside of you?

Don't hide your light. Jesus has filled you so that you can go out and seek out His lost and bring them back. Hide it under a bushel...NO! I'm gonna let it shine! Let it shine, shine, shine, let it shine!

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