Are you the light God intends you to be?
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, 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.” (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)
We are living in a modern society with a source of energy that is controlled by a switch. If your lamp is plugged into the wall outlet, then the power from the switch will turn the lamp on and off.
We might turn the lamp on to read, or just to see our way in a dark place so we won’t stumble or fall. As Christians, we should give off the same light Jesus speaks of in this parable and be guides for each other and non-believers.
If you are a light, a lamp for God, He turns on the switch for your life. This switch is powered by God’s word, and if you’re plugged into God’s word, then you will light up like a lamp and bring light into the darkness. By living your life this way you show others through your testimony or the way you live your life how to shine!!
You carry God’s word as a Christian and it fills your Holy Spirit to shine for The Kingdom of God! Has anyone ever said to you right off the bat when they meet you, I know you are a Christian because there is just something about you? That’s your light from your lamp shining through!
How do you keep your light shining?
Then he added, “Pay close attention to what you hear. The closer you listen, the more understanding you will be given —and you will receive even more. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what little understanding they have will be taken away from them.” (Mark 4:24, 25 NLT)
Jesus says if we don’t listen then even the little understanding we have will be taking from us. If we don’t have the understanding of God’s word, how do we get to Heaven? How do we help others and minister God’s word to God’s people and bring light to the world?
You get to Heaven and you become that beacon of light for people by spending time in God’s word and this will enable you to distinguish God’s voice from anyone else’s. This allows you to listen to God and understand his parables so your light stays on, and never goes out.
Even if the switch is on and the lamp is plugged in, if the bulb is blown then you’re still in the dark. Have you ever gone a day or two without spending time with God? That’s how it starts. One day will become 365 days. Spend time with God and His voice and His word will be your light.
Be a lamp for God and stay plugged into God’s word so your light will shine bright! Go recruit for God in his Son’s name for The Kingdom of Heaven! Go shine for God and be the light God intends you to be!