Posted by: glorifyhim1 | July 17, 2019

Where is Hope?

Where is Hope?

“The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:12

 

In 1962, Adlai Stevenson, an American politician and diplomat, made the following statement in an address honoring Eleanor Roosevelt: “She would rather light a candle than curse the darkness, and her glow has warmed the world.” As I read this quote, I thought about Jesus proclaiming: “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).

 

In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus taught His disciples: “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.”

 

As believers and followers of Jesus, we have the light of the world, Jesus Christ, living within us. How do we shine this light before others?

 

  • We reflect the light of Christ. The more we seek Christ, follow and obey Him, the more we will reflect His light to others.
  • We shouldn’t hide the light within us. Are there sins, habits, or attitudes that hide or hinder the light of Christ in you and me?
  • We display His light daily for all to see – not so that others see or talk well of us – but so that others can see what life in Christ looks like and they can be drawn to Him.

 

More than ever, this world needs to see the light of Christ so they might come to know Him. Yet, more and more people are turning away from the only One who can give them hope. It frightens me to think that my witness, my failure to properly reflect the light of Christ, might hinder anyone from coming to know Him as their Savior and Lord.

 

In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus taught His followers, those who had responded to His invitation to repent (Matthew 4:17), what true righteousness looked like and   how they should live in their world.

 

Among other things, Jesus taught His followers to:

 

  • live righteously, to be salt and light and glorify the Father
  • go the extra mile to be reconciled with an adversary
  • be faithful in marriage
  • not retaliate evil with evil
  • have a generous and compassionate attitude toward the needy
  • love their enemies, bless those who cursed them, to do good to those who hated them, and to pray for those who spitefully used them and persecuted them
  • do good deeds, but not for recognition
  • pray and fast in secret
  • forgive men their trespasses
  • lay up treasures in heaven.
  • not worry about their lives, but to seek God and His righteousness.
  • not judge others.
  • do the will of the Father.

 

These are the kinds of actions and behaviors that make the light of Christ visible to a lost world. There is much sin, corruption, and brokenness in our world today. However, in order to change our world, hearts must first be changed. Only Jesus can change hearts and draw people to Himself. Our hope is in Jesus Christ!

 

Jesus calls us to live so that others can see His light. It may mean lighting a candle rather than cursing the darkness, but God can make the glow from that small light warm our world. I have some repenting to do. Will you join me? Let’s do good, love and pray for one another, live so that others see Christ, and always be ready to tell others about the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

 

 

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.”

(1 Peter 3:15).

 

 


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