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Let Your Light Shine!

30 Nov

Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshiping together as some do but spurring each other on.  —–Hebrews 10:24-25, MSG

Have you ever met someone who just makes you want to be a better person?  When in their presence, you stand a little taller, act a little better?  You just automatically think better thoughts, because they seem to somehow call you to a higher standard?  I have a couple of these people in my life.  And honestly, I am drawn to them.  They encourage me to be better in all things.  They are always there to help me out.  I guess I feel like the more I’m around them, the more their good character will rub off on me.

Being encouraged is very important in life.  It effects our attitudes and even our work ethic.  Think about a teacher, parent, spouse, or a boss who is always negative.  Always on your case.  Always pointing out what you do wrong, rather than what you do right.  Do you feel inspired to do your best?  Do you long to please them?  More often than not, these negative interactions and discouragement only work to bring us down.  We don’t work as hard.  We don’t do our best.  Because we feel that no matter how hard we try, all they will see is where we fail.  Where we come up short.  And we give up trying.

As Christians, we are to be beacons of light to the world.  We are to use our beacons to spread the love of God through encouragement, building one another up, and helping those in need.  It’s a tall order to let our light shine.  Some days it’s easier than others.  When your life is over-run by busy-ness, it’s easy to forget we even have a light.  At other times, the worries of our own lives feel as if they are about to put our light out completely.

But the Bible, God commands us to be a light for others.  To encourage.  To help.  The Bible says we are to spur one another on.  To give each other a little nudge…toward our Christian walk.   The verse also says not to avoid worshiping together.

Why?  I have heard so many say, “I can worship God from my home, watching a TV preacher.”

“I can worship Him from my deer stand.”

So why does the Bible tell us not to avoid meeting together?

Because we all need encouragement from other believers.  We all need a network of support that is grounded in Christ.  To encourage our Christian walk.  To help us when we need it.  To build us up.  To make us realize that we CAN follow the path God has for us.  Because, let’s face it.  Following God is tough.  It’s a challenge.  It’s not for the faint of heart.  It’s not for the weak.  It takes courage to walk daily with Him.

Today, I challenge you to be an encourager.  When you see someone in need, reach out.  Don’t just tell yourself, you don’t have time.  Step out of your comfort zone and reach out! Encourage them.  Be on the lookout for a fellow believer who will spur you on.  Encourage each other and hold each other accountable.  Don’t avoid meeting together.  Worshiping together.  Praying together.

Now get out there and let your light shine!

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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Daily Devotions

 

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One response to “Let Your Light Shine!

  1. Sunshine

    December 1, 2011 at 7:28 pm

    Sometimes it’s hard to find the time to encourage but I agree with you, we all need encouragement. A little can go a long way! :)

     

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