YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

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You are the light of the world. A city that is set upon a hill

cannot be hidden, (Matthew5:14-16)

 

You have been described by Jesus as the light of the world not that of the church; this is so in a derivative sense in that the light you have comes as a result of your relationship to the Lord. You don’t have and cannot produce the light, but like the moon that reflects the light of the sun; you too are to reflect the light of the indwelling presence of Christ in you. As a possessor of the spiritual light of God, you are to be a transmitter of this same light to your world. You are to shine your light in a world crying out for direction and for truth. Light symbolizes purity and divine revelation. You are not only expected to slow decay in the world through your saltiness, but to be a beacon of light to those who will respond to you. By your relationship with the Lord, you are offered the opportunity to live as a shining light in this darkened culture.

To be a beacon of light means that others will look to you for guidance and it is up to you as a woman after God’s heart to determine how brightly you intend to allow your light to shine and up to the Lord to keep you burning. Among other purposes, light serves the purpose of exposing darkness. Your exemplary life style as a believer should make people discern between good and bad, right and wrong and Holy and unholy; your light should show people what is acceptable to  God and what is not acceptable to Him as you reflect God’s light and carry His light without blasphemy. Whereas Salt speaks of the inward part of character, Light speaks of your testimony in revealing and illuminating the truth of the gospel. The import of this metaphorical expression, ‘You are the light of the world,’ means that Christ has appointed you in the kingdom of God to enlighten and transform your world which is immersed in illiteracy, ignorance, sin and decadence through doctrine and through good deeds. Let the world see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. Many will be won into the Kingdom of God through that means. A great privilege has been given you with equal responsibility to shine your light with the full understanding that as the light of the world, you are to function in the following ways: to penetrate the darkness surrounding your world and expose every evil and error; to be used to guide others unto the way of truth; to be used to give signals to others; to be used to prevent sin and unrighteousness, even as a security light is used in the dark corners; to be used to produce growth in plants, (this is inclusive of trees of righteousness). Wherever the light of truth and love is found, darkness automatically disappears. Therefore, switch your light on and shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven. Leave a trait of your light everywhere you go.

 

Prayer focus:               Lord, help me shine my light on a daily basis so that the darkness around me in the world will disappear.

Quote:                       Go out into the world today and love the people you meet, let your presence light new light in the heart of people.

                                                                          Mother Theresa  

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