The Light Of Life (Matthew 5:14-16)
“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 lamp stand, 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.” (NKJV)
Over the past five weeks, we have looked at this Scripture and what it means to be a light in the world. Jesus wants us, His lights to shine. He wants us to bring glory to Him and draw others unto Him, but how do we become the lights He wants us to be in the first place? In John 8:12, Jesus said to the people: "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." When we first connect with the love of God and give our hearts to Jesus, He lights a fire within us. But it is when we follow Him that we become consumed and changed to such a degree that people begin to notice. He is talking about the daily decision to walk His way and live for Him, to be who He is and to love as He loves; to adhere to Him like glue and never, ever let go! In Exodus 3:14, God said to Moses “I am who I am”, while Jesus said in John 8:58, "I tell you the truth, before Abraham was even born, I Am!" He was, He is, He always will be. He is the light which has burned for all eternity. In 1 John 4:17, we read “As He is so also are we in this world”. He calls us to be the light of the world because He is the light and He shines right through us. He was a burning furnace of fiery love and power from before the dawning of time. When we get filled up with the Holy Spirit and set ablaze with love for Jesus, there is no way the light can be hidden under a basket. Eternity has to shine through! There is nothing that can stop the manifestation of His presence and the fulfillment of His plan for you to be a transformer in your nation and in your generation. The light will shine. The fire will consume!
Dear friend, are you ready to burn with a passion for Jesus? Are you willing to lay down your own agenda and be consumed by His? Are you willing to lay your own light aside while you yield to the Holy Spirit and let Him burn unquenchably from inside you? This flame is from the river of fire that flows from the very throne of God. As you open your life and it flows into you, you cannot help but set others ablaze too! In this end time hour, when evil seems to be reaching levels hitherto unseen, it is only the ones that burn with the Light who will overcome and bring others to the revelation of Jesus and His power. It is only those vessels filled with the Light of Life who will be fearless in the days of tribulation.
Say “yes” to the Light of Life. Get hungry for more of Jesus! Let Him fill you up to burn for Him. You are the light of the world. You are a city set on a hill. Let people see what burns within you and praise and glorify your Father in heaven!
Minoli Haththotuwa, 04 August 2014
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