SHINE BRIGHTLY WHERE YOU ARE FIRST
C. T. Studd said, “The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.” This clearly goes along with the blog posted yesterday. Involvement in missions starts right where you and I live. Our passion to send and be sent should always be strongly in our hearts, but how those at home see us may not be the same thing as those across the oceans.
Jesus made this point about our light; “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16). In teaching His disciples, Jesus was pointing to what they were and would become as a result of being discipled. His light would become their light to the whole world. That means, whether at home in their village or in some village at the ends of the earth, their light was to shine in brilliance for others to see.
I want to challenge you to examine your lamp. Your life, marriage, family, work and/or ministry is only a conduit for the light of Christ. Every segment of life becomes either a reflector or detractor. You are not the source, and if you are not strongly connected to the source, it will show in how you radiate His light. Don’t think for a moment that you can shine better with some aboriginal tribe if you are not allowing His light to be a beacon brightly shining at home.
Take some time after reading this to allow the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to cleanse you inside so Christ’s light will shine brighter outside to others.
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