Y&F Day 7

13 Oct 2013

THIS FIRE BURNS IN MY SOUL
LET THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN GLOW
ALL THE EARTH TO SEE YOU
ALL THE EARTH TO SEE YOU
(Embers)

“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 (MESSAGE)

Have you ever tried to find something in the dark?

A pair of keys, that one sock…a lolly that fell on the ground at the movies, a friend tucked away in a secret location during a game of Hide & Seek.

It’s difficult to see as we grapple around in the dark, aimless in our direction until we find what we are looking for.

Suddenly someone turns on the light.
BOOM.
A flood of sight. Ahhhhh, clarity which sets the mind at ease.
Light dispels fear of the unknown & helps us locate where we are so we know where to go.

The Bible says in John 8:12, “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (NLT)

In the same way that the sun is the most powerful life-giving source in our physical world, Jesus is the most powerful life-giving source — each day’s sunrise is a reminder of THE Son’s rising to give us eternal life.
WOW. Such power and beauty, a beacon of hope that reminds us that the night doesn’t last forever. Even in the depths of whatever darkness we might find ourselves in (despair, hopelessness or pain), the promise of daybreak never fails.

If Jesus is the sun then we are the moon — drawing light from Him and reflecting it in the darkness that covers our world.
Mankind was never created to live in darkness.

In fact, right from the get-go, before the first person was ever created, God said “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3). We were created to live in the light of God’s love and presence, in full view of everything He is and everything He created us to be.

When we give our heart to Jesus, He comes inside us and dwells in our heart, a light blazing like a fire that now shines from within us.

Let us not be greedy with this light. It’s too good, too powerful to keep to ourselves.

Instead, let’s agree to shake hands on it — today we are going to be a light to someone in our world, we are going to illuminate (light up) others, so they too can see Jesus.