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Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Light Bearer

The Apostle Paul’s mission statement is found in Acts 26:16-18. Jesus Himself called Paul to do these things.

This is what it says:
But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

Paul’s assignment was to help the Gentiles know the forgiveness of sins that Jesus offers. He was supposed to “turn on the light.” 

In darkness, when the light’s turned on, it’s no longer dark.

In spiritual darkness, the way to be turned from darkness to light (from the power of Satan unto God) is by introducing someone to Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, Who can save people from sin.

The way to turn the light on is to shine it into the darkness.

In the Bible, “darkness” is used to describe the world system.

God is light, and in him is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5b).

When God is shared with people in darkness, they have light.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life (John 8:12).

I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness (John 12:46).

Do you know someone in spiritual darkness?

What can you do to shine a light for them?

Just as the Apostle Paul got a mission statement straight from the Lord, so we have a mission statement: to go . . . and preach the gospel to every creature (Mark 16:15).

How can we be practical in reaching our world? Shine a little bit of light into it. Share Christ with one person—someone you know. That person could be a family member, a person we work with, a friend, or someone we meet in our daily life. You never know how a small remark about the Lord can prompt someone to seek Jesus. Sometimes, you may have the opportunity to share the whole plan of salvation with someone. Take those divine appointments and use them to shine a little bit of life on your world.

Be a light bearer!

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