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Bible Ballistics: BBs #80    Is Your Light Plugged In????

We talked last time about being ‘strong enough’ to persevere and stand for Jesus with ‘joyfulness’. With that in mind, I’d like us to consider a question today about “lighting”. Matthew 5:14-16 says,

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Let’s draw some conclusions.

How are we light?

John 1:4,12-13 “In him was life; and the life was the light of men……. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

Because Jesus IS life and light, He gives us life and light through salvation, so that we can be the ‘light of the world’.

Where are we to shine? To the world, “it giveth light unto all that are in the house”. We can shine before the world because:

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12 (See John 9:5 & 11:9) When we follow Jesus—we reflect HIS light to all those around us.

How are we to shine? Before the world by God’s power–to God’s glory.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Why?

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.” Ephesians 2:10.  (We who are saved, see verses 8-9)

We are saved by grace through faith in Jesus, to do good works. Our work doesn’t save us, but His precious Holy Spirit, who dwells within believers, empowers, guides, and leads us to do good works for God because we are saved. We just need to listen, obey and follow. God has ordained it!!!

So? Here’s our shot for today. SHINE.

Live every moment in Jesus’ light,

and the world will see His light IN you.

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

If you don’t have the light you can’t shine.

Check your source!!

                     Plug into Jesus if you’re not already!!

                            And live plugged in!!