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Time to Shine (Part 4)

July 10, 2010

The following is Part 4 in a continuing series of posts sharing the message I preached tying in the need for missions with the patriotic themes that go along with celebrating the 4th of July.  Look for the conclusion tomorrow.

Based on the text found in Matthew 5:14-16, the question I have posed is this:  how can we as believers in the 21st Century get back to that missionary mindset that is so central to our new life in Jesus?  How can we shine the light of Christ to the masses all around us and be that brilliant city upon a hill?  This is the main point I want us to learn:

As sold-out believers, we can radiate the light of the Gospel by recognizing the fundamental properties of light that should govern our lives.

Today we will take a deeper look into the third fundamental property of light.

3. Light always shines due to its power source.

The vital truth we must understand to help us shine for Christ is this:  we are not the ultimate source of the light.  We are just the conduit.  We are the instrument He uses, but the power is not in the instrument.  Jesus Himself made it clear who the Light Source was in John 8:12.

[John 8:12]

12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (ESV)

We need to rely on the Lord to be our light and not on ourselves, because if we do, we are going to be disappointed.  It may be our responsibility to embrace our role in service to God and surrender to it, choosing to radiate the Gospel message through our lives, but we must never forget that it is God who saves, God who is the spring from which our luminosity draws upon.  It is by no coincidence that the very first words spoken by God in the Bible are “Let there be Light!”  The Father began the creation process with an image of His incandescent glory so that we could know Him intimately.  Once we know Him, we are to begin the process of becoming more and more Christ-like, which means shining brighter and brighter.  In Philippians 2:15, Paul addresses why we need to rely on the power of God to charge us up.

[Philippians 2:15]

15 That you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world. (ESV)

As we become Christ-like through sanctification, we become blameless and harmless, increasing our spiritual testimony of transformation to a world mired in sin.  When we internalize God’s Word, we should automatically shift from being light possessors to being light transmitters.  In this way we can fulfill the Great Commission and see salvation sweep across the world.

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