Don’t hide your light

Romans 8:19-23. Jesus said to those who follow him, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14). In the order of creation of heaven and earth, the first word spoken by God was over the darkness and emptiness in the physical universe, “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). Light would then act as the basis from which all life would grow and flourish. Jesus is the light of the world and gives light to all who follow him (John 8:12). For a man to be the light of the world, he must be delivered from the powers of darkness into God’s kingdom (Colossians 1:13), he must be born again. Recently I chatted with a butcher as he cut the beef I bought from him. The conversation revealed how deep rooted hurts led this man to a lifestyle of indulgence that broke the hearts of many including the death of his mother. I told him that only Jesus who loves him will cause his life to turn around. I don’t know what happened to him following our discussion as he gladly asked me to take his phone number. Every Christian has the ability to function as a light that Jesus said should shine before men who see our good works and glorify God? In past centuries, many men and women who received the light of God in the person of Christ Jesus ran with it to bring the gospel, the Good News to the world. They were also instrumental in various scientific and technological discoveries that improved the lives of people. They believed in themselves as the light of the world which helped them embark on the spiritual and physical advancements in different nations. They imparted spiritual life on those who have been separated from God and had no hope of eternity. Present day Christians who have received the baton are continuing the work to enthrone God’s kingdom in the hearts of men and women everywhere.
But great needs exist in the world today than past centuries though in different forms and degrees. Darkness still exists in the world and in the hearts and minds of many with a veil over them. The whole creation still groans and labours with birth pangs in eager expectation for the revealing of children of God as stated by Apostle Paul ( Romans 8:19,22). It requires all who have the light to have passion to serve in various areas in God’s Kingdom for we are co-workers with God (1 Corinthians 3:9). When Jesus declared that Christians are the light of the world, he knew the magnitude of that responsibility but knew the Holy Spirit will help us. Don’t dim or put out your light. The lamp that you know which is Jesus and the lamp that you have received which is now in you must not be hidden (Luke 11:33).John the Baptist was passionate as the forerunner of Jesus Christ and proclaimed his message with boldness under a cruel Roman authority. In John 5:35, Jesus did not hesitate to declare what he saw in John’s character of being a burning and shinning light John’s style of ministry is needed now that the world is in deeper darkness and depravity.
Since we’re created in God’s image the word ‘let there be light’ signifies that light must emanate from our lives. Your light that is seen represents a totality of what flows from the spiritual, mental and emotional parts of your being including your conscience, and how these affect you and those around you. By our words and actions we can create order in our environment. “As a good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart; For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of” (Luke 6:45). When our lives are devoid of pride, selfishness; bullying and arrogance, our light that will emit love, kindness, tolerance, honesty, the love of God, appreciation, selflessness will shine and lead a sinner to a saint by the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said he does the work of the Father who sent him while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work (John 9:4). There is opportunity now to serve the kingdom of God while awaiting the Lord’s soon return as no one knows when.

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