Thought for the day #268




Matthew 5:14-16       (New American Standard Bible)


14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;


15“nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.


16“Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.


Do you remember the excitement and zeal that you had when you were first converted?


It was great to wake up in the morning feeling that everything was well between you and the Heavenly Father. There was a new spring in your step, a new glow on your face, with joy shimmering over your countenance.


The excitement of your experience filled your heart with anticipation. It was easy to share your relationship with the Lord, and acknowledge the great work that he had done within your life.


Then, as days turned into weeks and months, you began to face the rigors of everyday life. Your busy schedule seemed to steal all of your time. You neglected your communication with God, Bible study became less frequent. Prayer was almost negligible. Your fellowship with the Lord drifted into indifference.


Your light was diminished. The cares of the day had suppressed your radiance, as a candle, covered by a basket.


Take time to care for the light that God has given you.  Begin each day, with a moment of prayerful fellowship with Father. Make room to feed your soul with the word of God. Rollback the "cares of life" by again declaring the wonders of your redemption.


Your dimming candle will burst into radiant light. Others will be changed by its illumination, and you will walk in the fullness of your joy.


Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for neglecting my fellowship with you. I know that I've grown distant, and your light within me has dimmed. Help me to renew my commitment to you that I might radiate the light of your salvation to others. I pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.