Matthew 5:16 NKJV – A blazing fire or just a flicker

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

The light of Jesus shines in all who believe in Him. It’s our choice if we want it to be a blazing fire or just a flicker. Scripture often uses light as a symbol of the people of God, and especially the manner in which believers are able and required to reflect the glory of God in a dark world of sin. It is the light of Jesus that pushes back the darkness of the world and what better way of doing that but to walk and live and minister in the light of Jesus.

We are called to live in His glorious light. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:7 NKJV) The light of Jesus demonstrates our belief in Him and the grace Jesus has poured out into our lives. This light shows others that we are different. Scripture even says that we are peculiar. “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9 KJV) Yes, into His marvelous light.

Light is often used in Scripture as a symbol of the presence of God in the world. It is often especially associated with the word of God, the salvation brought about by God, or the person of Jesus Christ. Light is a symbol of God’s purity. “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NKJV) Light certainly is a symbol of God’s glory. “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.” (Revelation 21:23 NKJV) And light is a symbol of Jesus Christ. “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” (John 8:12 NKJV)

That which is visible on the outside may reveal the true person, but is sometimes misleading. Judging by it and boasting in it are typical of sinful humanity. God sees the inner reality. And God desires that His light shine from us so that the world sees Him in us. It’s never about us; it’s always about Jesus. People take note of our outward appearance and attitudes. The world is quick to judge. The world is constantly judging believers to see if we have flaws that the world can take advantage of. Yes, believe it or not, we are imperfect. We sometimes look at our flaws as being something fatal, but God looks at our flaws as a portal to allow His light to shine from us. And God has poured out His light in us so that the Father may be glorified.

So I have to ask this question. Would you rather live out Jesus Christ alive in you and His wonderful light and be a blazing fire to a lost world? OR Would you just like to live out His wonderful light in your life just being a flicker? I say I want to be that blazing fire that others seem to be attracted to. I want to be that blazing fire that glorifies God. I want to live my life in Christ making a difference and demonstrating Jesus Christ alive in me. Believers are to glorify God in their lives, as Jesus Christ glorified Him in His life. The light of Jesus should be so bright in and through believers that people are attracted to what we have in us. But we have a choice to make. Yes, another choice. Blazing Fire or just a flicker?

Dear Lord, thank You that Your light shines in us. Thank You that You live in us and when we live our lives glorifying You, Your light will be a blazing fire in us. Lord, we are imperfect and have flaws, but Lord when Your light shines in and through us, those flaws are portals for Your great light to shine through. May all we say and do give glory to Your Name. In Jesus Name. AMEN

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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