Mark Affleck

People Are Wondering If You Will Light YOUR Candle This Christmas

December 11, 2020
Spiritual Growth

Jesus is the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. Yes, even now in the middle of a pandemic’s ferocious fury. There’s no question about that fact. But there is a question—Are YOU with him, shining that same light?
We were formerly bound to the darkness, but Jesus rescued us to his light–the LIGHT OF THE WORLD. “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” John 8:12
God is making two incredibly important points here: 1) JESUS is the light of the world; and 2) WE are, too, if we surrender to him…obey him…and follow him.
Even one tiny candle can be seen in the dark. Each of us must be that candle and intentionally activate it as the light of Christ.
Jesus clearly tells us to let our light shine before the world. It is a DECLARATION that we must BE a light. It is so much more than a personal blessing. It is our SACRED RESPONSIBILITY to make sure the world sees God in and through us.
The focus is CANNOT be on us and our candle. It must be on God and point people to Jesus. The spiritual light that flows from our candle of Christ has only one purpose: “to glorify your father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
God’s light illuminates his GOODNESS. Therefore, our lives must reflect that same goodness by taking sin seriously. Always telling the truth. Unconditionally forgiving others. Expressing joy in Christ through your smile and cheerfulness. Seeking the spiritual over the material. Loving God and fearing nothing. Spending time with God and praying. Serving and worshiping in a never-ending quest to obey, surrender, and follow Jesus.
We need to be on watch to make sure our candle does not get buried under wrapping paper.
I ask God to inspire me and then motivate me to light my PERSONAL CANDLE to shine HIS light on those around me this Christmas and beyond—all and always to HIS GLORY.
Do you know where your candle is? Will you LIGHT your candle this Christmas season or HIDE God’s light and, in the process, make it impossible for others to see what he is doing in and through your life?
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16

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