When believers live in contrast to this dark world, we shine as brightly as stars against a night sky. Others complain; we stay positive. Some argue; we adopt Jesus’ humble attitude. The world goes crooked; we go straight. This generation lives perversely; we live purely. Every time we choose to be set apart as followers of Christ, we shine and share the word of life. Go outside on a clear night and look at the sky. Determine to shine like stars by doing all things without grumbling or complaining. Give this world a glimpse of what it means to live in the light of Jesus.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Philippians 2:15 KJV
God’s peace calms us in the midst of trouble. The joy of His presence fills us with pleasure. He walks with us through the darkest valleys. The night sky reminds us how small we are and how great He is. When we call on His name, He is quick to answer. He is an ever present source of refuge. He holds us in the palm of His hand and catches every tear in a bottle. He knows us by name.
You have made known to me the ways of life; You will make me full of joy in Your presence.’Acts 2:28
The people in Nazareth did not believe Jesus was who He said He was. Because they dismissed Jesus as hometown boy, He chose not to pour Himself into the ones who had known Him His whole life. Because of their unbelief, they missed out on the greatest blessing of being taught by the Messiah. What a tragedy for Nazareth. What a tragedy for us as well if we choose not to believe Jesus is who He says He is. Don’t make the same mistake. Believe Him today.
And He did not do many miracles there because of their unbelief. Matthew 13:58 NASB
In our spiritual walk there are some things which we can adapt to meet our preferences, like worship music styles, eletric Bible study tools, or even Bible translations. There are, however, certain things on which we must not waiver; Jesus Christ’s virgin birth. The death of Christ on the cross and His ressurection. Salvation through grace alone. The penalty of sin. It is essential to the future church that these teachings not change with the drifting tide of culture.
Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle. 2 Thessalonians 2:15 KJV
Throughout the Bible, we find that God always keeps His promises. His promise to make all things new will one day be fulfilled completely, as well. What does Jesus want to make new in your life? He begins by making us new people, but He doesn’t stop at the moment of conversion. God through His Holy Spirit, continues to make us new everyday, as we respond to Him.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:5 KJV
Before being adopted as God’s children, we are in darkness enslaved to sin. When we come into the light, our character and behavior begin changing. The Holy Spirit convicts us of wrong so that we can confess and again be right with the Father. Loving behavior takes root where, before, selfishness ruled. Sadly, this dosen’t mean we stop sinning. The Spirit prunes fruit that is undesirable, so that desirable fruit can thrive, and we can be transformed slowly but surely into the image of Christ. The longer we are in the light; the less darkness we’ll see.
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 HCSB
Jesus taught His disciples to be ready for the Son of Man’s return. Jesus used a parable to tell of a master returning from a wedding feast. Jesus said that when the master returned, he would prepare himself and then serve his servants. Also included in the story is a warning. The servants needed to be alert and watching for the master’s return at any moment. Jesus tells His followers to be “watching” for His return. Whether He returns at noon or at midnight should not matter the focus should be on His return. Are you watching for the Lord’s return? Jesus, the Master is coming back!
You also be ready, because the Son of Man is coming at an hour that you do not expect.” Luke 12:40 HCSB