We were made to shine... | Matthew 5:15-16 & Esther 4:14

This morning I heard a devotional about Matthew 5:15-16, and it strikes me as something important to pray over.

The followers of Christ are individually called by God to be light in the darkness. (Matthew 5:15-16) God put us here for a time such as this. (Esther 4:14)

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Matthew 5:15-16 English Standard Version (ESV)

15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We were made to shine...

The Spirit loves us and will shine through us for our greatest good and God's own glory, if we desire Him.

Notice the call is to "let your light shine before others... and give glory to your Father". And remember that a light doesn't TRY to shine, it just does. In the same way His people must shine unashamedly, illuminating darkness, revealing truth and offering patience, kindness, gentleness and most importantly hope, not by our power but by His.

Notice how Esther was told, you were put here, now, to act, to do God's good will, saving those who need you. We should find ourselves in her.

But make no mistake: whether we shine or refrain, God will have His way.

We are called to shine light unashamedly. We are called to act here and now.

Prayer & Praise:

Lord lead us to prayer and repentance. Bend our knees before your throne so that we might use our time here to do your eternal works. We believe you use the broken vessels, the bible shows us proof: Lord help us believe you can use us too.

Lord have your way. All glory to the name of Jesus. In Jesus' powerful and holy name we pray.

As always thank you for your time and attention. May God's grace be upon you and yours today.

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