A Light

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Matthew 5:14-16 - A Light - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Matthew 5:14-16 – A Light – Growing As Disciples

“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)

Shine Brightly

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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Light Of The World

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Discipleship - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Light Of The World - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Discipleship – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Light Of The World – Growing As Disciples

“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) 

Light

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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Lamp Under A Bowl

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Lamp Under A Bowl - Matthew 5:14-16 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Lamp Under A Bowl – Matthew 5:14-16 – Growing As Disciples

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16  (NIV)

 Say Yes

Do you know who you are? Do you know what I want to do in you and through you? Do you know what is the purpose of your life? Those are very significant questions that aren’t that easy to answer. Would you be willing to help me out with the answers? Yes, I would. In fact the answers can’t and won’t come from you. If they did then they wouldn’t be correct. So, it is a good thing that you’re relying on me for the answers.

You are the light of the world. You know why that is possible and true? I think so. Tell me what you think. I am the light of the world because I am your child. A child is like his parents. You are my Father. You rescued me from the darkness that I was living in. You saved, forgave and cleansed me through all that Christ did for me on the cross. You sent your Holy Spirit to live inside of me. Now, day-by-day, you are transforming me and making me more like you. Each day I shine a little brighter for you as I allow you to mold, shape and change my life. Yes, that is exactly what I’m doing in and through you and for you.

As I change you and you shine more brightly, what am I leading you to do for me? You are leading me to let the light that is you, in me, shine out into the darkness of this world. Yes, and how does that actually happened? It happens when I say yes to what you’re asking me to do for you. What happens when you say no to me and just sit around and do nothing for me? That would be like putting my light under a bucket or bowl. What would happen then? My light would grow very dim and others would not see that your light was shining through me. Can you see how my light will shine even brighter through you as you serve me? Yes, I can. The light that you give me is to be shared; it is not meant to be kept hidden or secret. It is for all to see.

What will happen to others when they see my light shining through you? They will see the good things that you have done in me for me and through me. They will know that it has been you at work. They will want to give thanks and praise to you because you are the source of light shining through me.  Yes, I am. What else will others want to do because of what I’ve done in you? They will want to give their lives to you as well. They will want to love you, follow you and serve you. Yes they will.

What then would you say is the purpose of your life? The purpose of my life is to say yes to you so that I can shine brightly for you and bring glory to you. That is what I will do with all my heart and mind and soul because I love you. I am your child. I am all yours. Yes, you are. 

Lord, help me to say yes to all that you want to do for me, in me and through my life so that I can shine brightly in the world. Let all the good deeds that you lead and enable me to do bring thanks, praise, honor, and glory to you. Amen

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