“’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 (NIV)
I was sitting by a warm fire praying. At first, I noticed how bright the flames were, as they leaped around the logs. Then I realized that wherever the flames were burning, the logs appeared golden all around. The light wasn’t just in the flames. Every part of the logs behind, around, and over the flames lit up with a brilliant golden hue.
The glow from the fire lit everything around it, making the fireplace brighter. Such a simple truth, but one so often missed.
When you have the Spirit of the Lord Jesus living inside you, you should be shining just as brightly with the flame of His light. Everyone and everything around you should light up. People should feel inspired and encouraged, even convicted, to step into the fullness of God’s love, simply because you allow His Spirit to light up the room.
How do you carry this light? By letting the Holy Spirit consume every part of your heart. The logs where the flames leaped were burned up by the power of that fire. The fire consumed them, and they shone brightly, and lit up the fireplace. The more you give your heart to God, and let His Spirit take over, the brighter everyone and everything will be in this world.
Holy Spirit, please consume us with Your fire in every part of our hearts, so that Your light will shine brightly all around.
Thought for the Day
Where are you holding back your heart from the Holy Spirit’s consuming love? Will you surrender that part of your heart to Him today?