John 3:35 – John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
Jesus noted John as a God given blessing whose ministry had a purpose and also had a time. During the prescribed time of His ministry he was a blessing to be enjoyed and learned from. His life and ministry was only “For a time.” John was only a light pointing to The Light to whom our focus must shift to, away from John and to Jesus.
We also are a light to point to Jesus who is the Light of life. Our light is the Holy Spirit within us and the Gospel of Jesus that we share. They, in us, draw people to us so that we may point them to Jesus The Light. (Matthew 5:14-16, John 8:12). So, are we letting our light shine? Or are we doing, and saying things, that are fine layers of linen that dampen our light? Is who we are speaking so loudly they can’t hear what we are saying (Ralph Waldo Emerson)? The Apostle Paul wrote in Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” Does that describe us?
Family, let us not work hard for people to notice us, which does them no permanent good. Instead let us fulfill what Christ has called us to so that He might be glorified. Let us be different because He is within us and He is different. Let His light shine through us so that people will be drawn to Him and He will save them. May we live for Christ alone. May Philippians 3:8 be the cry of our hearts “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” May we understand and truly live out Philippians 1:21 “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” When our earthly lives are over may the Lord say to some, of our service to Him, that they were able to be blessed by us as we did what we were created to do for Him. The praise we seek is from Him and no other. (Galatians 1:10) In life, and through eternity, there is no greater blessing than faithfully loving and serving the Lord. The praise we seek if from the Lord. Oh on that day to hear Him say “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” (Matthew 25:21) Praise God!
Psalm 150:6 – Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!
Micah 7:7 – But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.
Micah 6:8 – He has shown You, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of You but to do justly, to love mercy, And to walk humbly with Your God.
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”This entry was posted in Devotion and tagged Galatians, John, Matthew, Micah, Numbers, Philippians, Psalm by Bob with