Monday, January 3, 2011

Be light . . a light-bearer . . . generous with your life

My friend has left her home and job to be with her father in his last days on earth.  She has taken on an incredible task, the task of ushering her father from this dimension of life on earth to  the dimension of life in heaven. The thing is . . .. she is there not only because she loves her father . . . but because God has directed her to be present. Her presence has changed her father's last moments.
 The world is different when we purposefully live as God says to live.
 I like how the Message says it:
"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you'll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.(Matthew 5: 14-16, The Message)

The thing is . . . we are created to live purposefully . . . on earth and in heaven. It is a new day and a new year to be more purposeful and intentional to live the way God tells us to live:
    Be light . . . God has put you here today to be light.
    Reveal the presence of Christ through your words, behavior, and actions . . . bringing out the God-colors in the world.
    Tell people about Christ. . .  the presence of Christ in you is not a secret to be kept . . . go public.
    Be a light-bearer. . . let people see the light of Christ in you.
    Go where God says to go . . . it is through Christ that we are positioned as if we are on a light stand to shine His light to those around us.
    Be generous with your life . . .  open up to others so others open up to the generosity of  God.

Learning to Kickstart the new day with the purpose of being light to a dark world,

(written by Kerrie L. Palmer © 2011 All Rights Reserved)