“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
There is an old saying, referring to a person that is definitely not living up to his or her potential, “The light is on, BUT NOBODY IS HOME!”
When people look at you I pray that they will say of you, “The light is on, and someone IS home.”
I have many good lamps in my house, but my lamps are only as good as the bulb that is within them.
A relative of mine recently told me to go to Big Lots. This is a store that sells a lot of good stuff for astonishing low prices. I bought a floor reading lamp to put by my chair that is supposed to duplicate sunlight making it easier to read.
The first night it worked great and then it stopped. Reading that the neon light bulb should have a life expectancy of seven years, I was sure that it was the lamp itself. I took back the lamp only to be shown that it was the bulb, and not the wiring in the lamp.
The same could be said of us. The wiring is okay, we just need a new bulb. The light of God is the illumination we seek to utilize.
One of my lights in my dining room has a rheostat on it, which controls the amount of light that is sent out to the room no matter what the wattage of the bulb is.
I’ve always thought that was silly, because I like to see what I’m eating.
If you were a light bulb, what wattage would you be?
Is your rheostat turned down low?
You have the ability to have God’s light come through you, but you also have the ability to say no with free will and dim the light that could have had so much potential to do good through you.
Decide today to let your light shine. Decide that with God’s help you will not cover up the light that has been God-given. Ask God to give you the gift of increasing the brightness of your soul light. Pray that you can eliminate darkness, and even the shadows, by your presence.
I remember the story of the dear woman that had car trouble on a deserted highway in the middle of the night. On a stretch of highway in Illinois that was barely traveled in the daytime, she found herself stranded about midnight. It was beginning to get cold. I asked her, “Were you scared?”
And she said, “I was, in the pitch darkness, but then I saw the light of a farmhouse in the distance.”
When we are in darkness, and see and sense the light of God we are no longer scared. We follow God by agreeing not to hide our light, but to shine fully so that others may see.
You can eliminate darkness in others by shining your God-given light. You may never know the profound difference that you may make. It takes just a little more effort to let your light shine, than to hide in the darkness waiting for someone else’s light.
You are the light of the world!
POSITIVE DAILY PRAYER:
Dear God, I pray that I become the light in my world.
I choose to not allow my light to be hidden anymore.
I choose to give my light to all in my house, in my place of employment, and in my daily life.
I will let my light so shine before friends, family and acquaintances that all that may see that Your good works coming through me will give glory to You.
I invite you to turn up the rheostat and increase the wattage of my personal illumination.
May I light the path of those that find themselves in darkness. During this day, I choose to follow You in this way.
In Jesus Christ’s name … Amen.
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