Is the light of Jesus visible in you?

June 9, 2020

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV))

It is impossible to be a “quiet” believer.

I think everyone has met someone who says that they believe but they do not wish to “force” their beliefs on others. They are not fully aware of what Jesus meant when he spoke the words that Matthew wrote down. A light shines because it is light. You cannot stop a light from shining. By it’s very nature, it will illuminate everything that comes into contact with it.

The same is also true of people who have experienced the “Light” of Jesus Christ. If they truly have been exposed to this “Light”, then they will radiate with it in all things that they do and to all people that they see. It is not something that you can keep inside, hidden from the world.

These people quote, “My belief is a personal matter.” They are correct. Every person must decide for themselves. But, once you make that decision, it will work in your life and your “glow” will become evident by your actions, words, and deeds.

Do not hide the “Light” that has illuminated your life. Share it. Someone else needs to have the “Light”. Do not be pushy with the Light. Let Light do what it does naturally. Expose something to light, and it becomes radiant in color, completely washed by the light. Are you radiant?

Is the light of Jesus visible in you?

Copyright 1998 – 2020 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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Are you drawn to the Light?

August 20, 2012

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
(John 8:12 (NIV))

It has always been God’s plan to separate light from dark, good from evil. If you think about it, God’s plan was presented in Genesis.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters.
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day,” and the darkness he called “night.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the first day.
(Genesis 1:1-5)

God wanted us to know the light, but without knowing darkness, we could not fully appreciate the light. In the beginning, everything was dark. Then God spoke and there was light. For man, before Jesus, everything was dark. God spoke and the Word became man, Jesus. Jesus brought the Light to a dark world, just as God origianlly brought light to a dark world.

We are now in a point in God’s timeframe, when we have the choice of Light or dark. We have seen both, and many of us have known both. God knew that it is hard to make a choice between opposites without knowing both. If God had given us the Light before giving us the dark, would we fully appreciate the gift of the Light?

Are you a creature of the dark or a child of the Light? Do you draw to the Light like a moth to flame or do you hide yourself in the dark?

Copyright 1998 – 2012 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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