Recently, God gave me the opportunity to speak at the 2014 Deaf Baptist Ladies Retreat in St. Louis, Missouri. The theme was “Show Me Jesus.” What a wonderful theme! Truly this is my heart’s desire as I strive to live for Him daily… in all that I do. I have often thought, “Why does God allow us to be on this earth?” If He loves us so much, after we become saved, why wouldn’t He want us to come home to Heaven? It is a wonderful thought… a person becomes saved and immediately arrives in Heaven to be with the Lord! He has no struggles, problems, temptations of the world, or heartaches… Wow! But, that is not God’s plan for your life or mine. Let’s look to God’s Word and see what He would have us to do with our lives.
“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
This is why we exist! God’s purpose and plan for you, after you are saved, is for you to show Jesus to others!
First, Matthew 5:14 says, “Ye are the light of the world.” John wrote, “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He [Holy Spirit] that is in you, than he [Devil] that is in the world” (I John 4:4). “I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world” (John 17:15-16).
God wants you to be a light for Him in this dark world. Jesus used wonderful illustrations while He was here on the earth. He used simple things that we can all understand and see. My first and top priority is to be a light for my Lord and Savior. An example: Sometimes, when my husband and I drive home from a meeting in another state, we are driving late at night. We normally are on main highways. Sometimes we are driving through country or mountain areas. It is dark! No towns are near, but then up ahead, we see a bright light. (Continued next issue). – Thoughts from Terry.