Come out of Hiding!

21 Nov

Come out of Hiding!

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Matthew 5:15 (KJV) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

With Christmas fast approaching, I was thinking about all of the beautiful Christmas lights going up everywhere.  They are so beautiful and are sending forth a message that the Celebration of Jesus’ birth is coming!  The three wise men travelled to find Jesus as they followed the brightness of the light of a star!  Light is mentioned over and over in the Bible as it alludes to the true Light which was Jesus!

John 1:4 (KJV)In him was life; and the life was the light of men

Are you shining a light or are you hiding in secret hoping no one will notice you in a room.  My understanding of this scripture may be a little different from yours, but in my thinking, Jesus is simply stating that what I have from him which is his life and light is in me to bring light into dark places.  Isn’t that what Jesus did?  He was the light of the world and came when the world was filled with “gross darkness.”  When we share his love and life we too are bringing light into the darkness!

As I was invited to speak at a wonderful church last night there were things about me that could not be hidden.  If you’ve followed my blogs then you know that I’ve stated many times that I am a Kentuckian that moved to Georgia.   When I speak there is no hiding the fact that I come from the South!  I have a slow southern drawl that I couldn’t hide even if I wanted to.  The minute I utter the first word, the light is shown and the crowd can conclude “Yes she is definitely from the South!”  I used to be intimidated by others and what they thought of me.   However, after many opportunities opened unto me to speak, Jesus helped me to not be concerned about what others may think.  I am not trying to sound arrogant, but I know that the Lord fills my mouth to share what he places in my heart!  He continues to give me open doors and speaking engagements!

When I was a child we used to sing a little song entitled “This little light of mine!”  Perhaps you sung it in your Sunday school class.  We would sing “ we were going to let our little lights shine all over the world!”  As a child it was simply a song to me, but as I became an adult I realized the significance of the lyrics to that song.  It’s not just a cute little song, but it is truly our commission from the Lord when he left.

Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. 17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. 20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.

He told us to go into all of the world and basically shine our lights. We are to do what he did while he was on the earth!  You may be asking “Well how to I do that, I am only one person?” My answer to you is to simply start where you are at. I may shine my light differently than you do as we all have different gifts and talents, but nevertheless we have a commission from the Lord himself!  I find that to be so exciting and adventurous!  No matter where the Lord has placed you, realize that you are strategically placed there to shine a light!  I love the following scripture:  Mark 20 And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen!

He is with us, he will work with us to fulfill what he has placed in our hearts to do!  I encourage you …..Come out of hiding and Shine your Light!

 

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