This Little Light of Mine

Today is Monday, the 17th of October, 2022, in the 29th week of Ordinary Time.

May the peace of Christ embrace you, today!

Day 23,594

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

It Does Matter, by Daryl Madden

Don’t listen to lies
Or idle chatter
That what you say or do
Doesn’t really matter

For we’re all connected
When we let love flow through
Each with a purpose
And of great value

Birthed with a prayer
Shared with the heart
An act of kindness
Or word to impart

Ripples of Spirit
Beyond what we know
The blessings of binding
His Kingdom bestows

My favorite part is the second stanza that speaks of us all being connected when we let love flow through. This is a message that needs to be screamed from the housetops, today. Please visit Daryl’s blog at the link provided, and see more of his inspirational poetry.


Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
(John 14:27 ESV)

Father in heaven, we thank you for giving us light. We thank you for the great hope for a day whose light is not of our making, whose source is in you, a day to come that can touch our lives already today. Keep our hearts steadfast, free of all human wavering. May we always hold to the love you have given through your grace, and may we find joy in your love, which is full of light and understanding. Amen.
(Daily Prayer from Plough.com)

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
(Romans 13:12 NIV)

Today I am grateful:

  1. for a new week, wide open and fresh with opportunities; may I see them and act on them
  2. for the light in our lives; light that is not of our own making
  3. for the steadfast love of God that is “great above the heavens;” and His faithfulness that “reaches to the clouds” (Psalm 108)
  4. that I am “saved” through “sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth” (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
  5. for my part time job at the Hurst Public Library, and my love for reading

Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. 
"Come now, let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. If you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land; but if you refuse and rebel, you shall be eaten by the sword; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken."
(Isaiah 1:16-20 ESV)
My heart is steadfast, O God! 
I will sing and make melody with all my being! 
Awake, O harp and lyre! 
I will awake the dawn! 
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, among the peoples;
 I will sing praises to you among the nations. 
For your steadfast love is great above the heavens; 
your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens! 
Let your glory be over all the earth! 
That your beloved ones may be delivered, 
give salvation by your right hand and answer me!
(Psalms 108:1-6 ESV)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD has risen upon you.
(Isaiah 60:1 ESV)

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
(Matthew 5:14-16 ESV)

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
(2 Corinthians 4:6 ESV)

Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not become partners with them; for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to discern what is pleasing to the Lord.
(Ephesians 5:6-10 ESV)


But we ought always to give thanks to God for you, brothers beloved by the Lord, because God chose you as the firstfruits to be saved, through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth.
(2 Thessalonians 2:13 ESV)

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.'”
(John 7:37-38 ESV)


Light.

What is it?

"The natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible."
"An expression in someone's eyes indicating a particular emotion or mood."
"Understanding of a problem or mystery; enlightenment."

For our purposes, today, I think that all three definitions could be applicable. And all three are accomplished in Jesus, who is the Light of the world.

In Him, things become visible. In Him, we find our emotions or moods heightened, and, perhaps, even calmed. And in Him, we find understandings of problems or mysteries; we find enlightenment.

In Romans, Paul encourages us to put away the deeds of darkness and put on the “armor of light.” How much light does it take to dispel darkness? Just a spark. Darkness cannot defeat or swallow light. You could be in a totally dark room, so well-sealed that no outside light gets in. The smallest spark will defeat the darkness.

Isaiah tells us that our “light has come.” He is, of course speaking of Jesus, who is also the “glory of the LORD” who has risen upon us.

Jesus then tells us that we are the “light of the world.” He then describes the complete ridiculousness of lighting a lamp and putting it under a basket! What is the use in that?? Instead, if we have a lantern, it is placed on a stand, lifted high, that all may see! He then encourages us to “let your light shine before others.” Why? Not so they can see how good you are! He addresses that attitude in another place. Rather, so that, in seeing our good works, others will give glory to our Father in heaven.

And this “light” that we are to let shine is not really ours, is it? For we have no light of our own making. It all comes from God, who, by merely speaking a word, created light. It is worth noting that, in the Genesis account, He created light long before He created any stars. So the original source of light was Himself.

And this light, then, He has shone in our hearts, “to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We see again that it is all about Jesus.

And, then, in Ephesians 5, Paul refers to us as “light in the Lord.” He then admonishes us to find out what is pleasing to the Lord. How do we do that? By seeking His Word. And Jesus gives us very clear instructions on what is pleasing to the Lord. Ironically, His instructions have nothing to do with trying to legislate evil out of the world or fighting for our “rights.” In fact, I heard a Scripture yesterday morning, at a worship service I attended. The sermon was from John 18. It was not really about the verse I am sharing, but, rather concerning “truth,” and Pilate’s question, “What is truth?”

However, when the pastor read this verse, it really spoke to me.

Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
(John 18:36 ESV, emphasis added)

Do you see that? Jesus said that, if His kingdom were of this world, His disciples would be fighting! But His kingdom is not of this world, so His disciples should not be fighting. Yet what do we see a lot of, recently? “Christians” fighting for things!

What did Jesus tell us was the way to please God? You know the answer to that question if you have read this blog.

And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.”
(Mark 12:28-31 ESV)

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”
(John 13:34-35 ESV)

THIS is how we let our light shine before men!


Father, I thank You and praise You for the light. Thank You for creating light; thank You for shining the Light of Jesus Christ into our hearts, that we might, in turn, let our light shine, that You might be glorified in this world.

Father, forgive us when we fail to let this light shine by insisting on our own ways and not being a loving people. Teach us, Lord, to love; teach us to love You with all our being, and teach us to love one another and consider others as more significant than ourselves. Please help us to be less selfish and self-centered.

Your Kingdom is not of this world, and we are not of this world. Our citizenship is not here. My true citizenship is not in the United States of America. It is in Your kingdom, and that is where I want it. So please, Father, help us to stop fighting for things in this world when we should be praying for Your kingdom to come, on earth as it is in heaven.

Help me, Father, to let my light shine today.

Even so, come quickly, Lord Jesus!


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. May Your kingdom come, and Your will be done, on earth as in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our sins as we forgive those who sin against us. Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for Yours are the kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Grace and peace, friends.