“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16 (ESV)
I know one thing for sure. What’s that? Light does not come from me. I’m not a source of light. Why do you say that? I say that because it is the truth. Without you, I would be living and walking in darkness. That’s true. But, you have come to me. You have turned away from the darkness of your old life without me. You are drawing near to me as I draw near to you. You are coming into my presence. Your heart and mind and life are being changed day-by-day as you live your life with and for me. You were once full of darkness. Now you are filled with light. Your life has become a reflection of me. You are thinking my thoughts. You are speaking my words. You are doing my deeds. These are the desires of my heart. That’s good.
How can I shine brightly for you in the world? Go where I guide you. Do what I ask of you. Rely on me to work in and through your life. Remain in my presence. Live in an intimate relationship with me. You know the work I have given you to do. You know the life that I have called you to live. Be faithful. Be persistent. Be thankful. Rejoice that I have called you to be a light in the world. Rejoice that many will be drawn to me through the testimony of your life. Give thanks that I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Be filled with joy in knowing that you are storing up treasures in heaven with me. Focus your heart and mind and life on me. I will make you able to go and do all that I ask of you. I will be with you to help you. I will be with you to strengthen you. I will revive and refresh your life. Wait on me. I will make you able to run and not grow weary. I will make you able to walk and not faint. Others will see your good works and give praise and honor and glory to me. That will be very good. Use my life to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. Yes, I will.
Lord, I will draw near to you so that your light will reflect off me. Help me to be a light in the world just as you were light in the world. Use light from my life to draw others to you. Let others see my good works so glory and praise and honor can be given to God. Amen
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