Thursday: 1st November, 2018
Reference text : Matthew 5:1-12
Matthew 5:11-12a Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven:
Even though the words spoken by a person can carry weight for an extended duration of time, there often comes that moment when those words are applicable the most and that is what we see today. In this generation and at this time, the words of Jesus spoken in the Gospel of today take on an even bigger meaning. We are to rejoice because of the persecution we may suffer because Him.
For many, persecution will not be seen directly at play, hence those words ought to be applicable in a different way, but how? Consider this: ‘you should rejoice that in this generation, where darkness seeks to dominate, you can be a point of light in this world- that you still choose Jesus’. Maybe we have not grasped how dire in need our world is for some light, but let me share a story with you:
I have a bed side lamp that requires a new set of batteries every few days. When this change is not effected, the lights are so dim that I might as well just go about my stuff without it’. At least, that was what I considered until I realised that between absolute darkness and some light, the latter was definitely the better option because however dark my room was, that dim light made a big difference.
So, maybe you think your spark or your light is not bright enough, and that it is too dim to be seen. But beloved, you can be certain that in the darkness we find ourselves in, that light of yours will make a great difference. It is only a matter of letting it shine forth.
Remember # wherever you find yourself, just shine because the light you carry, is very much needed.