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Let the Light Shine –Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
- Matthew 5:14-16

This morning I walked around replacing the light bulbs in the apartment complex. With 58 apartments in the complex, it is a necessity to have the proper lighting for all tenants. But the problem is, it is easy to let one or two light bulbs go out. Why? Because there is enough lighting to get by without having all of them lit. And most people wouldn’t notice. Most people would continue on with their nearby light bulb out. THIS WHERE THE PROBLEM LIES. We are content with the light being out. However, the light must be lit for all to see. Not one light bulb must go out.

The same goes for our relationship with Jesus Christ. Many of us fall into this dark, complacent and comfortable zone. We are content with others shining their light. But when it comes to us personally, we don’t want to take the time and effort to let our light shine. It sounds like too much work. Yet this is not what Christ said to His disciples. He said, “You are the light of the world.” Notice He didn’t say, “Others are light of the world, and you don’t have to be.” No, with our faith in Jesus, He called ALL of us to BE THE LIGHT!

When I went outside to the front of the apartment complex, two light bulbs specifically had gone out at the foot of the stairway. It was quite noticeable that they weren’t working. But when the light bulbs were replaced (and a chameleon jumped on my hand), the stairway looked different. It looked inviting. It looked well-lit. It welcomed individuals into the apartment complex. The same goes for how we exemplify our faith in Christ. Do we light “a lamp and put under a basket” or do we put it “on the lamp stand?” With integrity at hand, ask yourself ~ is your life an encouragement for all “who are in the house?” Do others know we have a relationship with Jesus based on our LIFESTYLE? Can they see our light? Let us pray that we will never let the light go dim or out. If it has, it is time to REIGNITE the light we have in Jesus Christ. Therefore, “let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your goods works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

I believe the city of Dallas can truly be a “city set on a hill.” But no one will take notice, until the body of Christ collectively comes together and lets the light of Jesus Christ shine as one. We must ILLUMINATE our faith in Christ as the “Light of the world.” So what are we waiting for? It is time for each of us to check our light bulb. Let’s let the light shine!
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan