READ : MATTHEW 5 : 14 – 16.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 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.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and
glorify your Father which is in heaven.
BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 2 KINGS 17 : 24 – 18 : 37 AND LUKE 11 : 14 – 32.
Any child of God who desires not to be overwhelmed by the darkness of this
world needs to compulsorily shine as the light. The Bible says in John 1 : 5 :
“And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.”
Why is it that the darkness does not overcome the light? Simply put, it’s
because the light shines. When the light refuses to shine, it gives room for
darkness to reign. This is the reason why it is dangerous for children of God to
abandon politics in the hands of the children of disobedience. These children of
disobedience will continue to vote for politicians who are their spiritual
kinsmen. Christians have no moral justification to complain of bad governance,
if they refuse to shine as light in the political scenes of their country. The
reason darkness did not overcome Jesus Christ was that, as the light of the
world, he shone throughout his earthly ministry. In John 9 : 5 He declared that
“As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
He also defined us as the light of the world in Mathew 5 : 14.
From today’s memory verse, we understand that to shine in this world of
darkness requires wisdom. It therefore follows that it is foolish to light your
spiritual candle of salvation and hide it under the table. Of course, it’s only a
matter of time before the light goes out. One of my children once shared the
wisdom that God gave him to always overcome being overrun by evil of this age.
Anytime he finds himself in a new environment, the first thing he does is to
announce that he is a child of God. He does this by witnessing to the high and
low of that place. So, from the first day of his arrival, people already know he
is not someone to discuss fraud and other sins with.
How do we shine as stars in the darkness of this world? Daniel gave us the
answer to this question also in Daniel 12 : 3 :
“And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they
that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”
I urge you to begin to shine through soul- winning and teaching the doctrine
of righteousness, and God will back you up. The evils associated with darkness
will not overcome you in Jesus’ Name.
KEY POINT :
When you preach, teach and exhort people into godliness, you will be left with
no option to live as such.
AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.
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