Allow Your Light To Shine
Jesus said: “Then the King will say to those on the right...Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
When days and night are dark, people need its light. Light chases away the darkness, and they cannot exist in the same place. When light is present, it brightens an area whether small or large. Albert Schweitzer stated: “Sometimes our light goes out but is blown into flame by another human being. Each of us owes deepest thanks to those who have rekindled this light.”. Jesus stated: “You are the light of the world--like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see.”.
There are times in this world that your life can be unfair, lonely, and full of challenges. Such times you may experience your inner light needing to be rekindled not only by the light of Christ, but also you need one of God's people to walk along beside you to help restore your strength in order to press on.
There is a story about a group of God's brothers and sisters are gathered together visiting. It becomes obvious that one of them is experiencing their inner light fading because of a life challenge. You come to this conclusion by listening to their despairing words and watching their eyes reflect sadness brought on because of the situation. What is your reaction to your spiritual family member's problem? Do you quickly create a feeble excuse to justify a reason to turn away?
In the Book of Matthew, Jesus described His true family when He pointed to the disciples and said: “Anyone who does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother!”. Jesus was indicating to the religious leaders that spiritual relationships are as binding as blood-line brothers and sisters. Our brothers and sisters in Christ are your spiritual family.
Jesus stated in Matthew: “And I, the King, will tell them...I assure you, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers (and sisters), you were doing it to Me!”. All members of God's community of believers ought to care for one another, and also nurture the desire to serve them. Jesus teaches His people: “...if you give even a cup of cold water to one of the least of My followers, you will surely be rewarded.”.
As a Christian brother and sister “do not hide your light under a basket!”. You should daily re-fuel your flame by spending time reading the Bible, meditating, and praying. When trusting God you are given many opportunities to step forward to take the initiative to come to the aid of your spiritual family when they are experiencing difficult circumstances. When you care enough to spend the needed time with that person bringing along God's Light (Jesus Christ), plus providing your comfort, love, strength, and influence, their flame will be restored; their spiritual faith will be brightly reawakened, and you will be serving Him!
Lord God, thank You for showing us how to serve our spiritual brothers and sisters. Help us to be constantly aware of every opportunity to care and serve them. Amen.
~ Ann Brock Ludington