The Church is always preparing us to die and go to the sweet by and by. All that is well and good but what some of us need is the Church to show us how to live the abundant life in the nasty now and now! It is time to be the light in the darkness of the night! People need to see the light in us! Otherwise Jesus would have saved us and took us on to heaven when we were born again! You are here for a reason! Arise shine!
The more light that is given, the harder the human heart must become to reject it.
Tell me how it is that in this room there are three candles and but one light, and I will explain to you the mode of the divine existence.
The Church Jesus launched is meant to be expansive, like salt, water, light or leaven—metaphors He used to describe the Kingdom of God—none of which is effective if contained or controlled. Salt left in a shaker is useless. Stale water turns putrid. Light that is blocked results in darkness. Leaven in a container remains inert.
We show people the dawn before people can see the dawn for themselves.
In going from one era into the next, God always uses the backdrop of darkness before a great light appears.
When you’re a Christian and you’re going through a great time of difficulty, you will notice that those around you who don’t know Jesus Christ—especially those you’ve shared your faith with before—will lean in extra close. Their ears perk up. They want to see if what you have advertised is going to prove true in the product demonstration. You told them that Jesus is the light of your world. Well, now your power has been cut, and they want to see if you can glow in the dark. You.
One thing has been made clear to me in this time — Jesus is our only source of reliable hope. Our source of peace. Our source of joy. Our source of love. While the world around us may be filled with chaos and confusion, I’m reminded that you and I are carriers of the hope of Jesus. We are filled with His peace, His power, and His presence. We have the opportunity to reflect and impart the light of Jesus to others around us.
May the Fire of the Holy Spirit in you burn brighter than the fire of the world burning around you.
Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you others can see Him.