Sunday, December 4, 2011

Let It Shine

"You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden."  Matthew 5:14

Christians have been given the gift of everlasting love.  God doesn't want us to keep it to ourself, but let it shine for all to see.  When believers commit themselves to please only God, people start to notice the transformation of their identity.  Often times, there are people to take the time to realize the acceptance that believers have allowed in their heart.  Through Christians, people get the chance to see God if we let our light shine bright!  God is so good that He allows his love to shine right through our hearts.

I'm sure we all know how the wise-men were led by a star to find Jesus in a manger.  That star guided them to where they should go.  God gave them a star to get them from one place to another.  Just like the wise-men, God sends us things to move us from one point in our lives to the next.  He can send us pain, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or even pure goodness.  All of those examples can probably jog up a memory where God stood right beside you to carry you through the struggles.

After accepting God's grace, a Christian always has the desire to teach others about their experience.  This is one of the hardest things for a believer to grasp.  God uses Christians to be the star for non-believers.  God can use us to move others from one point to the next.  Just like God gives us motivation to keep going, He can also use us to be the motivation for others.  The biggest part of this is to be an example no matter where you are...you never know who is watching.  There shouldn't ever be a time where you feel it is okay to "take a break" from Christianity.  Once you have made that commitment, it lies in your heart forevermore, and you are expected to set the example for those around you.  It doesn't matter how old you are, what environment you are in, or how rich you are.  God loves us all the same which means that he expects equal from us all.  Like I have stated in past blog posts, God gives us a mission that is unique to each person.  The one thing that will always remain the same is that we will glorify God and preach His word in whatever we do.

 My prayer is this:  "I pray that we can all be the guidance that other people need in their faith with Christ.  I pray that we can decide to make a difference instead of sitting on the sidelines with the light of our hearts covered up to be hidden.  Lastly, I pray that we will find the motivation to be a better person...there will always be room for improvement.  So today, ask God to remove our sins and allow us to continue searching for the purpose he put us here for.  Ask God to show us how we can be the guidance that someone else is seeking.  In His name we pray, Amen!

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