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“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”  Matthew 5.14-15 (NLT)

This past week I was having a discussion with a friend of mine and she told me about a satellite image that she had seen of our world.  The picture was taken at night.  Places in Europe were lit up like a Christmas tree but other places like China and North Korea were completely dark.

As my friend explained the picture she saw, I couldn’t help but wonder: if we were to take a spiritual satellite image of our world, where would the light and darkness be?  Would the light be switched?  Would North Korea be ablaze and America pitch dark? 

How bright is my own light?  Is it glowing brightly enough for others to see? Or is it a dull radiance that is barely perceived? 

I believe many of us know ABOUT God.  We know about God like we know about our favorite actor, singer, or band member.  We’ve prided ourselves on all the facts and statistics we know about God, we’ve loaded up on knowledge about Him through Bible studies, sermons and spiritual books but have neglected to develop an intimate, personal, knowing relationship with Him.  We may spout verses, tell other people how they should live but neglect to live in obedience ourselves.  We live self-centered, self-serving lives.  And our light?  It isn’t light at all – it’s really darkness.

Is our life just meaningless words or are we truly living what we say we believe? How bright is your light?

Lord, we need You.  You have placed Your light in us at great personal cost to You.  Don’t let me cheapen this great treasure.  I want to get out of the way and let Your light shine so that others can see the truth.  Amen.

Take Action

Think of a part of your life that you have kept dim; maybe it's the side of you that comes out at your child's sporting events or when you take a night off with your friends, or even your workplace. Intentionally bring a little light into those places this week by using positive speech, unconditional love, and the name of Jesus!

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