Monday, 9 December 2013

How Bright is Your Light

14 And you, beloved, are the light of the world. A city built on a hilltop cannot be hidden. 15 Similarly it would be silly to light a lamp and then hide it under a bowl. When someone lights a lamp, she puts it on a table or a desk or a chair, and the light illumines the entire house. 16 You are like that illuminating light. Let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me, and may turn and praise your Father in heaven because of it.  Matthew 5:13-14 The Voice

After reading these verses during my morning devotional I began to wonder whether or not I am being salt and light to my wife and to those I come in contact with each day.  More specifically the portion of Scripture that says “let your light shine everywhere you go, that you may illumine creation, so men and women everywhere may see your good actions, may see creation at its fullest, may see your devotion to Me…” challenged me to examine how I am or am not being an ambassador for Christ.

This requires that I be other-centered, that I pay particular attention to my wife’s mood and be attentive to what may be bothering her.  This means that when I am in a store or restaurant or with a co-worker I should listen more carefully for clues that might allow me to encourage the individual.

This also means that I am working on my vertical connection to God, that I am spending more time with Him in His Word and in prayer.  The stronger my vertical connection, the stronger my love for God and the stronger my love for my wife and others in my life.
At times I feel more like a dim flicker of a candle than a bright light.  It is at times like this that I have started to ask myself, “Self –what is going on in your heart?  Why the grumpies?”  For I have learned that even though I can’t always identify what is preventing me from being the beacon that I’m called to be, the answer lies within me.  Most likely I am feeling negative about a particular situation.  During times like this I find that seeking God helps me to pull out of my funk and put my focus back on Him where it belongs.

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