When I first started attending a charismatic church as a teenager, I was very uncomfortable because of how much people smiled. Those Christians seemed to be happy all the time. It wasn’t just happiness; they had joy. They laughed and smiled a lot. They were filled with the Spirit to the brim. There was a room with big tables for lunch after church and they would gather, eat, sing, be merry and just express the joy they had at those tables. I will never forget those “merry tables” where the Lord’s light was so present. I didn’t have their joy. I didn’t have the light that they had. At least that is what I thought. I later found out that the light of the Lord in them was also in me. I had the light of Jesus in my spirit but it was covered. It was hard to see it. When I got closer to the Lord, the light showed up but it was dimmed. It would pierce through me at times but for the most part it was faint.
I will always remember the joy I was exposed to in that church and I am glad that it is visible now in me. When Jesus is our Lord and Savior, His light lives in us through His Spirit. The key is not to let it be covered and not let it be dimmed. His light in us is for others to be led into His light. God’s love is a light that can brighten any darkness and we ought to learn how to let it shine at all times. There are many covers that obstruct the Lord’s light. Today I want to encourage you to keep the light shining and let Jesus light up your world. There are many people around you that need the Lord’s light, the Lord’s love. Be the light carrier you are meant to be and let God shine through you every day.
Have you ever walked through an area where the sun was shining but you felt like there was some darkness around? Have you ever been to a place that seemed spiritually dead even though people were rejoicing and were having a good time? There is a light that looks like the light but that is not the Light. The light that appears to be God’s light is an imitation. It is an attempt by the world to reproduce only what the Lord can give. Anyone can be happy without the Lord but there is no depth to that happiness and it is very temporary. That happiness relies on outside stimulation, on situations, on other people, on events. The light of the Lord brings happiness and joy that come from within. It is a joy that is orchestrated by the Holy Spirit. The light of the Lord is a spotlight of His joy. It features God’s traits. His light is full of love. When you are aware of the light of the Lord, you can see through the deception of the light of the world. It is the light of the Lord in you that needs to be spread. His light gets people closer to Him. His light brings the truth and it brings peace. Share the light of Jesus. Remember it and cultivate it. Don’t neglect the amazing gift of God’s light.
To be sure the light of the Lord is bright in you, spend time in His Word. His Word is a lamp and it guides us through darkness. It allows us to see truth, to receive wisdom, to apply wisdom, to impart knowledge and to stay in God’s light. Add prayer to your daily interaction with the Word of God and communion with the Holy Spirit. These habits will keep the light shining bright. People will be drawn to that light. Jesus is a magnet and when His light shines, the broken-hearted are drawn to Him. His light in you has a magnetic power that touches those who need a hug from Heaven or a word from God. With God’s light you can provide that comfort that people need and that reassurance that so many are looking for. Your love for others and your good deeds will also keep the light of the Lord on. Keep in mind that the light of the Lord always conquers darkness so love away. Be generous with your love and keep spreading the light with your joy, your peace, your patience and your kindness. Keep the light on in Jesus’s name!
Suggested reading: Psalm 119:105; Matthew 5:16; John 1:5