Matthew 5:14 (KJV) “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid”
When Mrs. Grace saw her son holding a candle and a matchbox in his hand, she asked, “what do you need those for?” “I want to light up the candle because I need a light” he responded. Mrs. Grace answered him sternly, “don’t waste my candle and matches, it’s mid-day, you have no need for extra light”. If he wasn’t stopped, he would have wasted the candle.
Many Christians prefer to shine in areas where the light of God is already shinning while forsaking the unreached who are wallowing in darkness. And just like a candle’s light is useless in the mid-day, they have made themselves useless. A candle’s light is useful however in a dark room.
Knowing that you are the light of the world is good but that alone is insufficient. You also must know that your light must not be hidden (Matthew 5:14b). If you must live as a child of God and shine as the light of the world in a manner pleasing to the Lord, you must know that every light has darkness it was designed for and that light becomes useful only when it has located the darkness it was designed for. A hidden light is a useless light.
What darkness was your light designed for? Are you willing to shine as light in that darkness or do you want to be another burning candle in the midday which is useless?
Go into today knowing that:
1. The usefulness of light is better appreciated in darkness
2. God sent you as light because he wanted you to shine in specific darkness, and no matter how bright you shine, you will be pleasing to God only when you are shining in that specific area.
Prayer: Father, I want to be your light in the darkness of this world, help me so, in Jesus’ name. Amen!
—Dr. Emmanuel James
Yearly Bible Reading: Revelation 7-11
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