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Your Lamp is Lit

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in discipleship | 2 comments

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

You can’t help it. Your lamp is lit.

Jesus is the light of the world. Because his Spirit dwells in you, you are the light of the world.

God did not light your lamp and expect that light to be hidden from the world. He did not expect you to hide your light under a basket.

He expects your light to shine brightly and light up everything that your life touches, much like a lamp placed on a stand lights up the entire house.

When you life shines (by the light of Jesus) people will notice and they will question. This is the opportunity to explain that your light comes from Jesus; it is not your own.

So, what is your light? What is the light that Jesus shines through you? Jesus says it is your good works.

Your lamp is lit. You can do nothing about that. God himself lit your lamp when he indwelled you.

But, he also places your lamp in your own hands. Onto what stand are you placing your lamp? Into what darkness are you shining?


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  1. 3-23-2011


    Right on!

  2. 3-23-2011

    Aussie John,

    Thank you.