Daily Scripture Reading: Philippians 2:15-16 KJV
Philippians 2:15-16 KJV
(15) That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;
(16) Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.
Today’s Devotional Is SHINING LIGHTS
PRO_20:27. THE SPIRIT OF MAN, according to the wise man is the candle of God. We are, by nature, like many unlit candles and lamps. The wick is designed for flame but remains dark and cold until it is lit, just as we cannot shed any light until our natures are ignited by the Eternal Nature, which is Him who is Light and in whom there is no darkness. Have you lit the candle in your life by coming into contact with Christ, the Sun Of Righteousness?
Our Lord says: “Let your light shine before men.” He shows us how absurd it is for a lamp to be lit and then to block its rays with a bushel. If the lamp is not lit, it defeats its purpose. Ah! How many of us put bushels on God’s testimony–the bushel uncharitable speech? Of ill-temper! A discontented, querulous spirit! These and other more obvious failings will keep us from shining in the darkness. We are not responsible for lighting the fire or providing the oil. We only need to make sure our lamps are shining brightly and to be vigilant against any obstruction to the love and life of God through the spirit. Christ will ensure that your light shines to the full extent of His purpose if we make sure that nothing hinders the impact of our testimony or marres our influence.
The stand or candlestick is a different item to the bushel. Although you may be placed in a dark corner and on a humble stand by the Master of the House, one day you will light His feet as He sets out to rescue and find those who are lost. Your place in society, the situation you find yourself in in a factory or school, wherever you may be, what matters is that your light shines brightly, warning and guiding others in the way of the path of success.
PRAYER for Today
O Christ, may the flame of Thy Divine Love lighten our bushels. Help us shine in this dark world. AMEN.