“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).
Our faithfulness in dark moments of history may be the only light that some will ever see.
Peter exhorted us to “sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asks you a reason of the hope that is in you” (1 Peter 3:15). Do you know the Lord? If so, then you can make Him known to others!
Daniel said, “the people who do know their God shall be strong and do exploits” (Daniel 11:32). Dr. King said, “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.”
Those men and women who take action in the face of passivity and perversion fill God’s heart with pleasure, and transform their world with power – the power of love. Will you be one of these gallant souls?
Paul the apostle was described by James, the Lord’s brother, as a man who “hazarded his life for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 15:26). What an epitaph! Could the same be said of you? Wouldn’t you want it to be? The word hazarded literally means “to hand over.”
Have you handed your life over to the Lord Jesus Christ?
Paul summed up his own life story in a single sentence when he stood before a king who held in his hand the power of life and death. “O Agrippa,” he affirmed, “I was not disobedient unto the heavenly vision!” (Acts 26:19). Vision, passion, discipline and risk. It is what marks every true man and woman of God.
Light in the Darkness — it is the pressing need of this desperate hour. Vision, passion, discipline and risk is what it takes to let it shine.