Devotion

                          It’s Time to Shine!

(Matthew 5:14-16) “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

  

It’s is time to shine!  It is time for the Church, the children of God to start being the children of God!  It is one thing to know the ways of the Lord and to recognize when you are not living by them and say, “I need to start acting like a child of God,” but that is only self awareness and making a conscious effort to change.  This in itself is good, but acting right is one thing but God wants His ways to take root in your heart so that you are not just acting right but it truly becomes who you are and His ways become so natural to you that being the child of God He wants you to be shines from within your heart without a conscious effort.  The trials we go through will help us to grow and mature as a child of God and reach this point.  (James 1:2-4) “ Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

 

Growing up as teenagers doing the right thing did not always come easy, you had to make yourself obey your parents even though inside you wanted to do your own thing and more often than not it got you into trouble.  But as you grew up you learned that your parents were right, experience and discipline taught you and now it has become natural, part of who you are, and you are teaching those same values to your children.   The trials that God allows teach us in the same way so that when we mature, God’s ways become part of who we are, and we obey, serve and worship God now out of our devotion to Him and not just because we know we should.  Our love for God has grown so much within our hearts that now being the child of God He wants us to be is who we are, and we do not have to be constantly aware of our actions.

 

In this, His light truly shines from within us and others cannot help but notice.  This in itself is an awesome way to be a testimony of Jesus Christ to others; to live out God’s love. When His presence shines from within you, whoever comes into the path of His light shining from you will be affected.  When a light is turned on in a room all who are in the room see the light.  It is time to shine!

 

Rise up and be the child of God you were meant to be and allow the Holy Spirit to guide you and teach you and take you from glory to glory and truly shine Jesus Christ.  (II Corinthians 3:18) “But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.”

 

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