January 1st - Light
"You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven."Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
Obviously, God has appointed you to be a world changer. I know what you're probably thinking, "Who me?" As unexpected as this news might be to you--you have been appointed by the Creator of all that is to be a spiritual warrior that makes a significant impact in your world. Most of us are comfortable with the idea of Jesus being the light of the world; but, Jesus factors us into the equation. "You are the light of the world." Jesus states this as a matter of fact. In fact--we, the Church, both individually and collectively are the light.
What is the significance of this fact? Let me suggest that this means in as much as you shine your light, you will have a profound effect on the people in your world. This starts with your family, extends to your friends and even those that are merely acquaintances. Our light draws people out of the darkness and into the love of God's light.
Be the light of the world and the lives of people around you will be forever changed. The spiritually blind will receive sight. The lost will find the way, the truth and the life.
Relationships will be healed. Broken lives will be mended. Destinies will be changed. How can this possibly be? We are not the makers of light--it is the light of God's power and love that shine in and through our lives; and there is no darkness that can withstand this burst of light. So, let me say again, "Be the light of the world!"
Author's Note: For years I took my lamp and hid it under a basket. I used my personality as an excuse for obscuring my light. Being somewhat shy and easily intimidated, it was simply easier to be an anonymous follower of Christ...and yet, I was convicted by the fact that the lives that God appointed me to reach might remain without a viable witness. Beyond that huge caveat, I know that if I live my life open about who and what I am in Christ Jesus, my life becomes a beacon for God. I do not want to live another moment of life with my lamp under a basket, rather I want to be a light in my sphere of influence. RJD