“You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. They put it on a lampstand so the light shines for all the people in the house. In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that they will see the good things you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (NCV)
I want to shine brightly for you in this dark world. I want others to see your good work in and through my life so clearly that they will give all the glory to you. I don’t want anything to obscure the light of you shining in and through my life. You have some questions for me, don’t you? You have something on your mind you want to ask me, is that right? I do have something on my mind. I do have something I want to ask you. I want to know how brightly can I shine for you? Is wanting to shine brightly for you, with something like the brilliance of a star in the universe, a form of pride? I don’t want to shine dimly for you, like a single candle. I want to shine as brightly for you as you will allow me to shine for you. I want your light shining brightly in and through my life to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and to bring glory to your name. I don’t want to hinder your light shining in and through my life. You are asking unusual questions. What do you mean by that? Not a lot of people ask me how brightly can they shine for me. Not many people give shinning brightly for me much thought. Why do you think you are asking me these questions? I will tell you one thing that is certain. What’s that? I didn’t dream up the desire to shine brightly for you. It wasn’t in my plan to want to bear fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. These desires have not come from within me, that is for sure. Yet, the desire to shine brightly for you, bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name burns like a fire within me. That’s very good.
These desires that burn in your heart should tell you something. Like what? You already know that they did not come from yourself. Where did these desires of your heart come from? They came from you. Yes, they did. I have given you the desire to shine brightly for me. I have given you the desire to bear fruit for my kingdom. I have given you the desire to bring glory to my name. All these desires come from me. I have placed all these desires in your heart. What does that tell you? You have given and you will grant me these desires you have placed in my heart. Yes, I will. You would not have placed these desires in my heart if you had no intention of granting them. That’s right.
What will you keep on doing to shine brightly for me? What will you keep on doing to bear fruit for my kingdom? What will you keep on doing to bring glory to my name? I will keep on loving, following and serving you. I will keep on going where you guide me. I will keep on doing all that you ask of me. That will be very good. Then all these desires of your heart will be fulfilled.
Heavenly Father, I want to live as a light. I want to do good works that shine brightly in the darkness of this world. Help me to go to where you guide me to do all that you ask of me. Use my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen
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