the light: shine
sunday, december 16, 2018
What is light? “The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible.”
What is the purpose of light? To provide something for you.
Light reveals. Light guides. Light shines.
stand out — make bright — show beauty — spread — share
”but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people’. – Luke 2:10 NLT
Mary — Joseph. — Shepherds — Angels — Wise Men…. Simeon
“Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. I have seen your salvation, which you have prepared for all people. He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!” – Luke 2:29-32 NLT
“One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him, and he began to teach them…” – Matthew 5:1-2 NLT
“…I am the light of the world …” - John 8:12 NLT
“You are the light of the world…” - Matthew 5:14 NLT
“Let me tell you why you are here….You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”
“Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:13a-16 MSG
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“A community of Jesus which seeks to hide itself has ceased to follow him.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The light in you is only as good as the light through you.
What about you?
Don’t forget it.
Don’t protect it.
You won’t regret it!