Tuesday, October 28, 2008

One Little Candle

If you were lost and in a cave and everything was pitch black, darkness surrounding you, all it would take is one little match, or one little candle burning to give you enough light to find your way. That is how it is with Christians. We have enough light to light up the way for someone who is lost. The problem is sometimes we can not keep our candle or match lit. Sometimes our flames just die down. What causes our flames to die down? It is when we get away from the word of God. There is no oxygen to feed the flame. Without oxygen we would die. Without the word of God (oxygen) our flames will start to flicker and die out. When we hang around those who are lost and do not have the light in them, we will start to lose our flame as well.

It is sort of like vinegar and oil, if you shake them together they will mix up for a little bit, just long enough to put some on your salad. But if you let the bottle sit for a minute, they will separate. The same is true with light and dark, they do not mix. If you are a Christian trying to have a relationship with someone who is not living for the LORD, then you will eventually separate as well.

We spend a season trying to share the gospel with the lost, but then as we read last week, if they do not accept it, we are to shake the dust from our feet and move on. We can not hang out longer than our season for then their dirt would start to cling to us. We would start to behave like those around us. Our light would start to fade. Darkness would soon take over.

Have you ever noticed how Christians who really live their life for God, who are really on fire for God, stand out in a crowd? There is no mistake as to who they serve. We as Christians need to all be like that, we need to stand out, we need to let our light shine.

Matt. 5 v 14-16....You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.....

Ephes. 5 v 8.....For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the LORD. Walk as children of light......

Rev. 21 v 23-27....The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.......

Stop hiding your light. Be bold, stand out in a crowd. AMEN!


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