What do others see in you?

January 15, 2018

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
(Matthew 5:16 (NIV))

Each of us have a spark of something that we let the world see. For far too many, that spark is something far less than what it should be. They show the world anger, greed, deceit, lust, envy and much worse. They show the worst possible traits that humanity can possess. Does this sound like a group of people that you would want to associate with? I believe that I can safely say that most of us would not want anything to do with people who possess these traits.

The sad thing about human nature is that we all can exhibit these traits at any time of our lives!

When was the last time that you felt anger? When was the last time that you deceived someone, even if it was just the proverbial little white lie? When was the last time that you looked at something or someone and had thoughts that you weren’t proud of? When was the last time that you saw the things that others have and wished that you had them?

The question that we all need to ask ourselves is a simple one.

What do others see in me?

Do they see the sinful sparks that can ignite an all consuming fire of destruction or do they see the light of Jesus?

“You are the light of the world. A town built 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.
(Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV))

If you have allowed the light of Jesus to have a place in your heart, don’t hide it under the destructive sinful nature that we all share. Allow the light to shine! Allow the light to break through the bondage of sin and death. Let the light shine so that others may see it and be drawn to it!

What do others see in you?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
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Does your armor shine?

February 11, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
(Romans 13:12 (NIV))

All throughout history, humanity has lived in the darkness of “night” caused by the sin of Adam and Eve. When Jesus came into this world, the lightness was made possible for all of humanity. However, knowing that light exists does not make you an expert on the light, just as seeing a computer does not make you an expert on computers. Jesus provided the means for us to step into the light, yet, it is up to each one of us individually to take that step.

We must want to take that step. We must long to end the darkness in our lives. It must be a burning desire to walk in the light and avoid the darkness at all costs. It is not good enough to simply prefer the light. We must hate the darkness from which we came. If we only prefer the light, then we will be prone to return to the darkness when the light is not available, or when it is not convenient for us to stay in the light.

If we truly desire to “put on the armor of light,” then we will shine wherever we may be, bringing the light into the darkness. If we only prefer the light, then we will not shine, but we will be like a chameleon, adapting our persona to the surroundings in which we find ourselves. A chameleon does not have an impact on its surroundings, its surroundings have an impact on it!

Put on the armor of light and shine! Shine in the darkness. Do not change to exist in the darkness.

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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Do your eyes shine?

January 13, 2011

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness. Therefore, if your whole body is full of light, and no part of it dark, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.
(Luke 11:34-36 (NIV))

It is said that the eyes are the window to the soul. Some believe that if you stare into someone’s eyes, you can see right into their soul. Have you ever noticed that if someone stares into your eyes, it leaves you feeling very uncomfortable? Perhaps there is more to this saying than we care to admit.

If the eyes are the lamp of your body and the window to our soul, then perhaps we should strongly consider that a window works in both directions. It allows the passage of light in and out. If a window is in a dark house and it is light outside, then the light is allowed into the dark house. If this same window is in a house that is light inside and night has surrounded it in darkness, the window allows light from inside to shine outward.

Our light must be strong. It must be stronger than the darkness, or the darkness will overcome the light. Jesus said that He was the Light of the world. If we have Jesus within us and allow His Light to shine through us, then His Light will shine through our eyes and into the darkness of the world. If we do not have the Light of Jesus within us, then the darkness has already overcome us, we just do not know it, yet.

Do your eyes outwardly shine the Light of Jesus or do they only reflect the darkness of the world?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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