Christmas is almost here and I love all of the decorations. This morning, I woke up before Joe and walked into the living room by the glow of the garland that is on the mantle. I walked over to the Christmas tree and turned on the lights, and then went to pour myself a cup of coffee. The soft glow was beautiful, and the lights hit certain ornaments that reflected sparkles of light on the floor.
I sat there for a while just enjoying the atmosphere, then I went to turn on flickering candles that I have placed around the room. The battery-operated candles look like the real thing except I don’t have to worry about them catching anything on fire or going out. While I was watching one of the candles, the children’s song, “this little light of mine” came to me, and it made me stop and wonder if I was like the candle. Do I only look like a real Christian? Is there a light that shines inside of me? Am I fake just like the flickering candle?
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
In Matthew, it says YOU are the light of the world! That is a pretty sobering thought. What if YOUR light was the only light that was shining for the Lord, would anyone be able to see it? Would your light shine with such intensity that people from all around could see the glow? Or, would your light be like the flickering candle that barely lights up the path for you much less others?
After you’ve pondered on this for a while, you might find yourself wondering how you can make your light shine brighter for the Lord. When my candles start to go dim, I replace the batteries that energize them, and their light is suddenly brighter. I assume that same principle works for us, so what energizes us for the Lord?
Spending time with the Lord, reading His word, talking to the Holy Spirit are all ways to re-energize your soul.
11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience,
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Reading these verses should energize you! Seeing in black and white that the Lord has given you the power to move mountains and knowing that nothing is impossible for the Lord should have your light shining brightly for all to see.
Today, I challenge you to memorize Mark 10:27. It is a short verse and should be easy to memorize. When you find yourself doubting, worrying, or losing hope, say the verse out loud and praise the Lord for His many blessings!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!