DVO April 08, 2019

Title: As Loved Children So Shine

Scripture: Ephesians 5:1-2 – Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour.
Matthew 5:14-16 – Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a 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.

As Christians we are the only people in the world that can have a personal and intimate relationship with the true and living God as His own children. It is the reality of this relationship that necessitates that we recognize our existence in the world carries with it special obligations and expectations in life. Our verses of devotional meditation give us the combined thought in a nutshell that as dear children of God we are to let our light from God so shine that people would see God through us by our imitation of Him. How I have been loved and how I am being loved is what I am to imitate from my heart to others. To know God as God is not enough for us to see our purpose, but God must be known in our hearts as our Father. It is the foundational key to an intimacy that sustains, motivates, and focuses us as to who we are in relationship to who He is to us. Jesus invites His disciples to join Him in this love relationship between the Father and the Son — and both of them surround us with their eternal love for us.

God has given to each child a new birth that includes a new nature and abilities to become living revelations of His glory through our attitudes and actions of good works He has designed for us (Eph. 2:10). Let your light so shine, or shine in such a way, that people may know it is God’s light that has been put in us who believe for them to see something that reveals God. His love, compassion, power and grace through us is for His glory alone. It is clear that the expectation of God is for people that have been “SO LOVED” are also to be redeemed people who “SO SHINE” in this world. When we imitate Him as dear children, we will reveal Him to others. We should love as we have been loved, forgive as we have been forgiven, and give as grace has been given to us.
Since we have been created for this purpose by God, we should not despise being placed in dark places as a testimony. We are to shine as lights in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation (Philippians 2:15). Just be what we are and let the light so shine. It will give light in the darkness, sight to the blind, and provide the way to the lost. Also, this placement in this world will bring enemies who will hate the light that comes through us. God has said that men love darkness rather than light because their deeds are evil (John 3:17-19). Lastly, who the believer is and the light that comes from a yielded life, will bring attack from demonic forces through many human sources for the purpose of trying to intimidate the believer into toning down the light or be too fearful to stand in our righteous testimony of Christ in us. Our adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour (I Peter 5:8). As we stand in the light as He is in the light (I John 1:7a), we must always hold to the truth of His testimony to us, that He who is in us will always be greater than he that is in the world (I John 4:4).

Prayer: Father, I yield my whole heart to the degree that I know how so that the light of Jesus can be seen through me. I fail to be a perfect light before the eyes of men, but I am confident that You know all things and You know how to receive Your glory despite my flaws as a mere human being. Thank You for the privilege to being numbered among those whom You have given Your light to share in this world, in Jesus name, amen.

(by Pastor Wayne Cockrell)

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