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Shining Light
3/27/2012

Shining Light

"The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.  Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.  If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light." Luke 11:34-36 (NKJV)

I remember back when I was racing long distance motorcycle races in the upper Nevada deserts and down in lower Baja Mexico.  The races would be routed through some pretty sparse areas and included some of the toughest terrain to traverse.  Everything on the machine had to be specially prepared to endure the events, and even then sometimes it wasn't enough.  

One of the items needed on every team was a good set of off-road lights.  Without lights it would mean certain defeat, as these races would usually encompass many hours, which meant being run in pitch black.  I remember having damaged my lights on year in a silt bed up in Nevada.  As I was tumbling through the powdered dirt the bulbs in my lights were damaged and I was virtually blind.  Thankfully, I had prepped for this and had spare bulbs tapped to the inside of the light bezel and within minutes I was able to get back on course and complete the event.  

All this to make a point as to how important light can be. All throughout the Bible we see light being referred to in a positive way because it leads to life.  Light represents purity, truth, knowledge and Divine revelation, whereas darkness represents filth, error, ignorance, and an absence of God.  

For You have delivered my soul from death.  Have You not kept my feet from falling, That I may walk before God In the light of the living? Psalms 56:13 (NKJV)

Jesus gave His followers an analogy of a lamp being placed upon a lamp stand to give light to all who are in the house, meaning those in our company.   He then followed this by saying to His disciples, "You are the light of the world…Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven" (Matt. 5:14-16).

Q:    So how can we be lights and what does it mean to be a light unto the world?

In Luke 11:34-36 Jesus implies we are responsible for receiving light.  Our eyes are just like a lamp in that through our eyes our bodies receive light from an outside source.  This outside source of light for every Christian believer is the truth of God's Word.  Only then can a believer be fully illuminated when they are willing to receive and apply His Word.  As we receive and apply His Word to our lives our good deeds are a reflection of His light through us—those around us see this light and they can now choose to receive it as well and be led out of the darkness and unto the Lord.    

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let's choose to be the light God has called us to be.  

STUDY QUESTION: According to Matthew 5:14-16 what is the purpose of our being a light before others?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you being a light to those around you?

APPLICATION:  Let's choose to be a light unto those in our life.  Let's seek the Lord in His Word and allow it to illuminate and expose every area of our life.  

Let's Pray…

Father, we thank You for Your light in our lives.  Father, we choose to be a lighthouse to those in darkness today.  Help us to be full of light as we read Your Word and apply it to our lives.  In Jesus' precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


 


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