Sunday, March 23, 2014
“No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light. (Luke 8:16 NKJV)
We've all heard this verse. And chances are that you've probably sang the hymn "This little light of mine...." It is familiar. But I wouldn't say it's old news or played out. There's a reason this verse is so well known. I believe two of those reasons are that it is such a simple concept to grasp and it is so very, very true!
It can be hard as Christians walk through our daily lives, to remember all that we are in Christ. It is all too easy to get caught up in situations and persuaded by non-Christian people to allow ourselves to be overcome by emotion and act in an un-Christian manner. However, don't misunderstand me when I say it can be easy for this to happen. While it can be easy, this is still no excuse. Yes, we all fall short. However, we as Christians are suppose to be Christ to the world. If we make it our habit to act unbecoming, what kind of example are we being? Certainly not the example of Christ.
1 Peter 2:9 says: But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; How awesome?! We are His CHOSEN generation. A HOLY nation! HIS OWN special people! We are suppose to show the world the light of Christ! We have been called out of the darkness that the rest of the world is still in! We are His lamp stand!
We can not allow ourselves to be deceived by the devil and tricked into being bad examples of Jesus! We have the power and authority to resist the devil! And we have been called by the Almighty God of the universe to do so! So next time you're in a situation and you feel your emotions about to overtake you; walk away. Next time you are hanging out with friends and there is temptations there that cause you the slightest bit of conviction; walk away. Next time the crowd you're in starts throwing the metaphorical stones or even the literal ones; drop the stones and walk away. It may not seem like much, but being that first ray of light in these situations can cause the light in others to come beaming through. After all, it only takes one candle to cause ALL surrounding darkness to flee!
I hope this devotion has blessed you in some way! If you would like prayer or just to talk about this subject please feel free to email me firstname.lastname@example.org