Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG)
Jesus is the light of the world! When we enter into relationship with Him, He re-creates us to make us light, as well. Our charge is to focus only on Jesus, trusting His ways and His timing in our own lives, as we usher others into relationship with Him.
Whoever follows me will have the light of life and will never walk in darkness” (John 8:12b TEV).
Devotion: Following Jesus Faithfully
Following faithfully, wherever He leads us, takes boldness as we trust in Jesus to reveal the light through us. Letting Jesus’ light shine though us sometimes means following Him even when things seem unclear, or even are uncomfortable to us. Faith is made stronger when we trust in the seen, as well as the unseen things.
Surrendering makes space for real transformation to take place in our lives as we become more like Christ. Our Father gives us divine wisdom and direction. Following God will always lead us into greatness! God wants to get the glory out of our lives, and He certainly deserves it! Our job is to simply be willing to follow wherever He leads, stepping aside as we allow Jesus to work through us.
Do everything readily and cheerfully—no bickering, no second-guessing allowed! Go out into the world uncorrupted, a breath of fresh air in this squalid and polluted society. Provide people with a glimpse of good living and of the living God. Carry the light-giving Message into the night so I’ll have good cause to be proud of you on the day that Christ returns. You’ll be living proof that I didn’t go to all this work for nothing. (Philippians 2:15-16 MSG)
Additional Verses To Further Study:
Jesus said, “For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn’t destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don’t know where you’re going. As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You’ll be children of light.” (John 12:35 MSG)
“Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.” ( 2 Corinthians 4:6 MSG)
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.” (Isaiah 60:1 KJV)
“Lord, You are the light of the world! You have made me to be light here on earth. Keep my focus on You at all times so that I have direction and purpose for each day.”
Wishing you all a great week!