BE A LIGHT REVEALED AND NOT HIDDEN
Then Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine. He was priest of God Most High, and he blessed Abram, saying, “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Then Abram gave him a tenth of everything. —Genesis 14:18-20
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. —Matthew 5:14-16
How is your light shining? We are told in the passage above that we are the light of the world and not that we will be. So as a light I ask again, “How and where is your light shining?” Light is to reveal, lead, comfort and give hope. How are you doing so?
I remember years ago being stranded on the ocean in a 12 foot boat overnight. We were anchored a couple miles off shore, but it was comforting to see light on the beach which broke the darkness that surrounded us. That light also gave us direction as to where we were and also comfort and hope. The light gave illumination that land was within sight.
Abram was surely a light as he heard about Lot and those who lived around him being taken captive. He immediately gathered his trained men and rescued them all. Melchizedek king of Salem (which we do not know a whole lot about, but is figurative of Jesus) said of Abram— “Blessed be Abram by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth. And praise be to God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Yes, Abram’s life was a light and was acknowledged by Melchizedek. Is there anyone who would acknowledge that our life was a light? May it be so!
Do not be hidden light. Intentional be where others can see your life-light as you shine among them. Where are you shining that others “may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven?” Abram was a shining light and Melchizedek praised “God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth” because of how Abram lived. Who will praise our “Father in heaven” because of the way we are living/shining? Oh, that many would!
Dear Father my heart’s desire is to shine for You and encourage many others to do the same. May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus. So may it be so! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2yQ6TLV_PWY