by David Brenneman
"Your light must shine before people in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16 NASB
Many know, by way of going to a church or of late its use in commercials, the children's song "This Little Light of Mine".
Your 'light' is the light of Jesus Christ. We ought not hide that which we were given through salvation in Christ Jesus.
This is directly related to the deeds we do in the body. This passage is also related to the parable of the talents. What have we done with what we have been entrusted?
In a most profound "duh" question: by the way you live, speak, carry yourself, do people see even a glimmer of that light?
You aren't to live life as the world does.
You aren't to run after things as they do.
When you are on a vacation you don't live life as usual. You technically are an alien visitor to that culture and place. You aren't from that culture or place. You don't accumulate much because you know that you can't take it with you. You limit choices on purpose. You getting it yet?
We really aren't on a vacation when we come to Christ and are saved, but the analogy remains. We are no longer of this world and by all means shouldn't be living life the same way anymore.
Are you really ready to face Jesus to give an account of your own life as it is right now?
As a Believer, should the Rapture happen today and you get to Heaven, would you try to hide in the "back of the room"?
Your possessions say much about you. Your speech says much about you when you are upset or under duress.
There's freedom in Christ to those who know what to let go of. I have been through many seasons of learning how to let go of things in my life. The more that I have the more that light of Jesus Christ shines.
So look closely at your life. Shed the things that aren't helping you grow in respect to your salvation. Lighten the load so that the light of Jesus will shine. Lighten the load so that you can run the race set before you. Run in such a way that causes God to be glorified by those around you.
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