Kingdom Notes: Let Your Light Shine

city on a hill
Matthew 5:14-16 says, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When you have an intimate relationship with the Spirit, your light will shine! And this flows outward. We as humans have basically two ways to live: we can either be takers or givers, we can either let the light or living waters flow outward or we can be a black hole of wants, needs and desires. You see, a soul not being nourished by the Spirit feeds on things that never satisfy! Only God satisfies the soul. If you don’t get your daily bread and water from the Spirit, your soul will seek these things from the outside.
When Jesus died for our sins and then rose from the grave, He opened up a pathway into the Kingdom of God. Just as He walked in the anointing of the Holy Spirit, He invites us to do the same through Him. Why do we accept the sacrifice of Christ but then never walk in “the newness of life” that Paul talks about? Why do we stop at Christ’s sacrifice and never enter through the gate and onto the narrow pathway? The invitation is to walk in the Kingdom of God today. If we refuse this offer to walk as “a new creation” then our souls are forever hungry for what we can glean from outside ourselves, and this never satisfies. If we drink from “living waters” that are within, we will never thirst again. This is an awesome promise to those who choose to knock, seek, and ask. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” So if you want to know the way, the way is through Jesus! And by entering the gate that Christ opens for us, we can walk in the Spirit! You either eat of the “bread which you do not know of” and drink “living waters” or you can indulge yourself on outward sustenance like fleshly desires, relationships, and wealth. One not only satisfies, but also shines and reaches outward to affect others. The other uses people and takes from the outside. So are we givers because we are overflowing with His light, or are we takers because we know not how to be satisfied?
let your light shine
Other “Kingdom Notes” posts: Wild Goose Chase

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