MATTHEW 5:15_ but on a candlestick…
The proper place for the candle to do its job is on the candlestick. One more time – the purpose of light is to dispel and overcome darkness.
The one who lit the candle did it because there was darkness – light was needed. The one who lit the candle sets it on a candlestick. It is Jesus who says, “Ye are the light of the world.“ It is Jesus who lights your candle. The Holy Spirit has placed a call in your heart. You either accept the call to be Jesus’ light, or run from it. You’re either shining or hiding. You have the freedom to choose.
You may believe you light your own candle by good works, or regular church attendance. Those should be the results of your shining light. If you concentrate more on being good than being in relationship with Jesus, you may shine the wrong light – for your glory.
Like light, you have a purpose. Your purpose is God’s amazing plan for your life. He created a plan for you before you were born. You were born to achieve that plan. Jesus gives you what you need to achieve your plan. Jesus calls you to fulfill it.
It is Jesus who lights your candle. It is Jesus who sets your candle on the candlestick. It is Jesus who brings the two together.
Jesus Messiah, Praise You for giving me a purpose in life! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ is a candlestick—He wants my light on it!
MATTHEW 5:15_Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel…
What is the point of lighting a candle, or lamp, or even a match, just to hide it? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Remember the purpose of light? It was mentioned twice in the previous devotion – to dispel and overcome darkness!
If you lit a candle and covered it with a solid bushel container, what would be the result? Once air could no longer feed the flame, the light would be snuffed out. If the container were some kind of basket which allowed air to seep through, the flame could continue to grow, possibly catching the basket on fire. Neither the snuffing nor the fire has a positive result.
In both scenarios there is potential for the light to stray from its purpose. In the case of the basket the good light can turn into a destructive fire. If you are a charismatic person, but not a salty disciple of Jesus, you can use the charm and persuasiveness of your light to lead others into various forms of bondage.
In the case of the solid container the light which was intended to do good, gives out of air and does nothing at all. If you are a politically correct Christian, who fears the love of people more than the love of God, your light gives out.
Holy Jesus, Help me to keep my light shining for Your glory. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ does not hide His light—He uses it for my good!
MATTHEW 5:3_Blessed are the poor in spirit…
Now that’s an odd statement! Why would Jesus want to bless anyone who was poor in their spirit? I used to think more like, blessed are the mighty in spirit! But that was before I learned what Jesus says gives me love and freedom.
Let’s look at poor in spirit in a different view. Could it be the poor in spirit are actually spiritual giants? Could it be the poor in spirit are those more in touch with Jesus? Could it be the poor in spirit know how to love—truly love? Could it be the poor in spirit have a monopoly on humility?
Maybe we do not understand poor in spirit; perhaps it’s more of a less of me and more of Jesus kind of spirit. Along with that, perhaps it’s a thinking of others before myself kind of spirit. If so, surely the poor in spirit are to be blessed!
To know more about poor in spirit we can use the only key that will open that treasure box filled with answers. Remember, the Bible is the key. Now we’ll learn what the treasure box is. It is my spirit. When my spirit is opened, it receives answers from God. And when my spirit is opened, I discover purpose in life.
Almighty God, Teach me what it means to be poor in spirit. Open my spirit with Your Word. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ uses the Bible to open my spirit—He teaches me!
MATTHEW 5:1_And seeing the multitudes…
Jesus also had been baptized. John the Baptist did not want to baptize Jesus. He did not feel worthy (Matthew 3:13-17). As the Son of God, Jesus chose to become the Son of Man—baptism was necessary. John was the appointed baptizer.
John was also one whose birth may have caused much ridicule. He was born to parents who were old enough to be grandparents.
You may have been born into this same situation, or perhaps raised by your grandparents. You certainly should not let anyone cause you to feel shame. You were born for a unique purpose, regardless of how you got here. And grandparents are awesome, wise people!
God is excited about the incredible works He can work through your life – if you will let Him. The very fact you are reading this page in this blog is not by chance. This is a part of God’s plan, a message from God to you. Your life is not about the circumstances into which you were born. Your life is about the decisions you make and being responsible for those decisions.
Dear Heavenly Father, Help me trust in You as I live the life You’ve given me. Help me live it in a way which pleases You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ taught multitudes—many were just like me!