It is important that we always recognize our life's worth and value. We have been entrusted to lead by the same example that the Lord has set forth and lead all people to the knowledge of His Love and saving grace. The Lord Jesus declares in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and Praise your Father in Heaven.” Knowing that God has given us the charge to be the light of the world, we should do all that we can to lead our life with love, character and integrity so that all those see us, will more importantly see Him. (Luke 6:31) (John 13:12-17)
No matter where you are in life, you can still be the light. You can be that encourager that others are drawn to. You can be that one who inspires others to believe in themselves. You can show mercy and forgiveness to those who have trespassed against you and show through your actions the love and mercy that God offers just the same. When we take on the position of being our brother's keeper, we are not only helping a small group of individuals, but we are starting ripples that will continue to make a positive impact long after we are gone from those individuals. (Luke 6:32-36) (Galatians 6:10)
Be encouraged to see the value of your life. The Lord has placed you in this day in time for a reason and a purpose. Your life is a precious gift that was given to you by the Lord and all He asks in return is that you use every gift, every talent and every ability to its fullest potential to better your life and the lives of those around you. When you do seize these opportunities to be a blessing, you will not only be elevating the life of someone else, but your life will rise as well. (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to be the light of the world, a beacon of hope and an example of love that others would want to emulate.
A LIGHTED WORLD
One grandfather asked his two granddaughters what they wanted for their birthdays. “Give us a world,” they responded. Soon he deduced that what they were asking for was a globe. So Granddad happily shopped for a nice large, spinning globe that he was sure would make an attractive addition to their room.
He waited for the inevitable sounds of pleasure as they unwrapped a beautiful globe he had selected. He sensed, however, that their enthusiasm for the gift was not as heart-felt as he had expected. “What is the matter?” he asked. “I thought this is what you wanted.”
“Well, yes,” said one of them, “but we were kind of hoping for a lighted world.” Immediately he understood that what they wanted was a globe with a light inside.
“I can fix that,” he said. “Let me take it back and exchange it for a lighted one.”
Unfortunately the store where he bought the globe did not sell lighted ones. They refunded his money and he set out in search of a “lighted world.” He eventually located a globe with a light in it, bought it and presented it to his delighted granddaughters.
When asked by a friend if he had learned anything from this experience, he made sage observation: “Oh, yes, I learned one thing. I learned that a lighted world costs more.”
Light is a powerful metaphor. An enlightened world might be one in which education is valued.
But it can also mean that what was hidden in darkness can now be seen. Destructive attitudes and behaviors will never stand the scrutiny of light.
We become better people, and we become a better world, as we move toward the light. But a lighted world costs more. Thank goodness for those who are willing to help pay the cost.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 12:14-17 “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.”
Hebrews 13:1-3 “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.”
Galatians 6:1-4 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”
1 Peter 3:8-11 “Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: Let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace, and ensue it.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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