So let your light shine………
I had a dream a little while ago where I saw people literally glowing and they were bringing light to the darkness around them. As you might have guessed, some liked this and some didn’t. I was reminded of the dream after awaking with the following scripture being dropped into my spirit 05/12/2014.
But as the One Who called you is holy, you yourselves also be holy in all your conduct and manner of living. For it is written, You shall be holy, for I am holy. [Lev. 11:44, 45.]
(1Pe 1:15-16) You can’t compartmentalize holiness, i.e., you can’t be holy among Christians and live like a pagan other times. Holiness is or is not who you are. Note that Peter says in “all” your conduct and manner of living.
Holiness is not a hot topic these days and in my dream it was not throngs of people who were glowing but only a few. When you live a holy life before people you bring the light of Jesus and His gospel into a dark world that is getting progressively darker. In the sermon on the mount Jesus says the following about light:
“You are light for the world. A city cannot be hidden when it is located on a hill. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket. Instead, everyone who lights a lamp puts it on a lamp stand. Then its light shines on everyone in the house. In the same way let your light shine in front of people. Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven.(Mat 5:14-16)
What I notice here is that light can’t be hidden nor is it meant to be. However, light can be snuffed out, i.e. persecution. The famous evangelist Jim Elliot, the one who said , ” he is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose”, was said to be praying to be a candle, a light to the Quechua people in Ecuador. I have heard that the Lord said to him, “a candle can be snuffed out, do you still want to go?”. I have heard other missionaries say similar things.
One thing that stands out to me in Matthew 5:16 is the light, as a result of a holy life, results in doing good seen by men. It is not good words here that Jesus speaks of. What comes to mind here is the saying commonly attributed to Saint Francis, ” preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words”.
Another verse that came to mind yesterday is from the book of Hebrews.
Strive to live in peace with everybody and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will [ever] see the Lord.
It says that no one will see the Lord. If we do not live our lives in holiness not only will we not see the Lord but no one else will see Him in us either. I don’t think it a coincidence that right after Jesus talks about light He says the following:
Do not think that I have come to do away with or undo the Law or the Prophets; I have come not to do away with or undo but to complete and fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until the sky and earth pass away and perish, not one smallest letter nor one little hook [identifying certain Hebrew letters] will pass from the Law until all things [it foreshadows] are accomplished. Whoever then breaks or does away with or relaxes one of the least [important] of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least [important] in the kingdom of heaven, but he who practices them and teaches others to do so shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness (your uprightness and your right standing with God) is more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Holiness is something that I want to see in my personal life and am in prayer along with my wife regarding it. I pray that all that read this posting would hunger for God’s holiness and desire to be lights in a dark world no matter what the earthly cost.