The Darker the Night…The Greater the Light (Matthew 5:14-16)
Matthew 5:14-16, Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
There is a lot more to the tiny island nation of Fiji than its drinking water. The island has thousands of species of plant and animal life which make it a fascinating place to visit. One of the most captivating things in Fiji is a dark, branch-like coral which grows 1,000 feet below the surface of the water. At this depth, very little sunlight reaches the ocean floor. Somehow the coral is able to sense this light, and as the sun follows its daily East-to-West circuit the coral’s branches follow it. Even a dry piece of this coral will follow the light of a candle. This is nothing short of astonishing.
Like light-hungry corals in a sea of darkness, people are desperate for truth. If we bring the Gospel, they will follow the light. God may bring a seeking lost person to the light you bear, but He often acts in reverse by bringing the light to the lost. In other words, He sends light-bearers like you and me to people in need of salvation. As long as there are feet to carry it and lips to proclaim it, the gospel will continue to enlighten the world. The question is, are you willing to carry the light as the Holy Spirit bids you?
Every day the Lord allows us opportunities for reaching the lost. The reality is that we don’t even have to go out of our way to find them. Unsaved people are at the coffee shop, department store check-out lines, bank windows, automobile dealerships, telemarketers, grocery stores, your doctor’s office, and even a few doors down the street.
Questions to Consider:
Can they sense the light in my life?
What is preventing me from bringing the light to them?
Who can I share the Gospel message with today?
Points to Ponder:
They will follow, if I will only lead the way.
Help me to cast my fears aside, that I may boldly proclaim Your name today.
PRAYER: Father, thank You for bringing me to a saving faith in Your Son, Jesus Christ. That is the best thing that has ever happened in my life. I confess there have been times that I have been silenced by my fear of rejection. I have wanted it both ways; to be an effective preacher without facing rejection. Bring people into my life that I can tell about Your amazing love. Help me to reflect Your light and love to those You allow me to encounter. In Jesus name, AMEN!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship.