Your daily goal:
Philippians 3:14 “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day. Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Light into the Darkness
Sooo…as we linger in this last week of 2017…still basking in the ‘good news and great joy’ of Christmas…let’s continue to think-through what had occurred in Bethlehem 2000 years ago.
From the last prophet who spoke the word or message of God in the Old Testament record…Malachai…400 years had passed since we ‘hear’ mention that God is saying something to his people in a mass communication, per say. And then…all at once…after 400 years of silence…about 2000 years ago…God speaks. God sends the angel Gabriel to convey a message of ‘good news and great joy’. And when the message of God and the messenger of God show up…there is always ‘light’ and ‘awe’ and ‘glory’ that shines all-around..and God is praised and given glory.
Luke 2:8- NIV, ..And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel (most think this was Gabriel since he was also making other appearances, bringing messages to others at this same period of time) of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring yougood news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in strips of cloth and lying in a manger.”….and suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.” When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
When we come to truly ‘see’ the Christ..when we come to ‘know’ Him..the King and Lord of all of life..the Savior of the world….we will do what the shepherds did…what the wise men from the east also did…we will worship, praise, and glorify God ‘for what’ we have come to see and know. And…we will be like the shepherds and ‘spread’ the word about what we have seen and what we know.
Just as the shepherds were out in the night.. out in the dark of night…and the message of God was delivered by the angel…and light shined around them…such is our experience when we come to the revelation and knowledge of the Christ. The Holy Spirit makes Jesus, the Christ, known to us. We behold him…we see the light of life. We are brought-out of darkness. That ‘light’…the presence of God the Holy Spirit…the person of God the Holy Spirit…comes to live inside us…we have Him..Christ…Jesus…THE LIGHT HIMSELF…living inside us.. and we ‘will’ go out and spread the news and we will praise and glorify God.
Since that first Christmas season…when and where the ‘good news of great joy’ first came to us…God has continued to speak..to bring His message of good news and great joy. The light and glory and awe are with us every day. HE…lives in you. That Christmas light is in you and is with you. And HE prompts you to spread the good news and great joy that a Savior has come.
YOU are the light of the world. Let it shine in 2018.