As the holidays begin and we find ourselves immersed in the culture of Christmas shopping, and cooking our favorite Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, there is no doubt that we have learned how to celebrate the season in all of its glory! However, in the midst of all our fanfare regarding the holiday’s ahead, are we shining the LIGHT that represents the reason for our celebrations?
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”(Matt. 5: 16)
Once we became a Kingdom heir, we also were given the gift of the Holy Spirit, allowing us to become a reflection of His love to the world. What are we doing with that gift? I tell you now that some are using that gift as an opportunity to argue with the world or to condemn others and make those around them feel guilty for how they celebrate the season. Some use their light to boast about their gift, instead of imparting their gift to others. We see it on the platforms of big churches, in the market places, at school, at work, in social media or just about any place where they can make their light seem better than those around them.
As a child of the Light, we have but one requirement; to SHINE. You see, light never needs to argue with the darkness to shine. For an example let us look at the light switch. Modern homes have light switches in every room so as to flick on the light at once, to remove the darkness. Instantaneously the light overcomes the darkness, without contention. It does not compete with anyone or anything to shine bright; nor does it take hours, days and weeks to struggle with the darkness around it to produce its purpose. It just shines!
Truth is: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1: 5)
Why do we find ourselves competing with one another as to who is shining the brightest, the best or the prettiest? As God’s children, we all possess the same ability to shine equally, but why is it that there are those around us who choose to hide their light?
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.” (Matthew 5: 14) NKV
Jesus was and is called the LIGHT that came in the darkness. Now, He is saying to us, as his followers, that WE are the light of the world. Have we been responsible with our assignment as to shine the light of Christ to those around us, or are we hiding our faith or light out of embarrassment in the midst of a dark world?
There is no greater opportunity to be a light to this world than during the holidays. Thanksgiving allows us to be thankful for God’s provision year round, and Christmas gives us opportunity to be eternally grateful for His provision of everlasting life. In the midst of turkey, pumpkins, then on to Christmas trees and lights, snowmen and Santa Claus we can find opportunities. We discover that we can use all of these modern day icons as opportunities to shine our light instead of opposing how others celebrate, choosing to dim our light in the process.
Let us shine our light, share the Gospel brightly and learn to take advantage of opportunities throughout the season to give thanks publically for the gift of LIGHT! You see, when we choose to stop arguing as to whether someone should have a Christmas tree or not and choose to shine our light regardless, we will find those attracted to the LIGHT in us; perhaps, consequently persuading them to draw near to the Christ child and our Lord and Savior more appropriately than we ever will when we choose to fight to shine our light!
Let us remember that light naturally shines in the darkness, and elect to uncover our light for all those to see. We do not need to struggle to shine our light, we just SHINE!
Tell me, is there any better SEASON to SHINE than in this wonderful time of the year?
by Jane Morin
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Jane Morin is an international speaker, worship leader, Bible teacher, and award-winning author. Her latest re-release, The Weapons Of Our Warfare is now available on Kindle Books! Learn how to fight the "fight of faith" effectively and snatch up your copy today!