Good morning! Have you ever noticed that our eyes and mind seem to quickly focus on shinny things? There are times when shinny things are too bright to look at and other times they are so mesmering that we can’t turn away or forget them. Today we will discuss a light that shines in darkness. Join me as we continue our reading in 2 Corinthians chapter four.

You see, we don’t go around preaching about ourselves. We preach that Jesus Christ is Lord, and we ourselves are your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.” – 2 Corinthians 4:5-6 NLT

Paul consistent reminded the people, that their message wasn’t about him or the people he was with. Paul’s focus was on preaching Jesus Christ is Lord. Paul goes on to explain that Jesus is the light that shines in us so that we may know God.

In Luke chapter two Simeon reminds us that Jesus is a light:

28 Simeon was there. He took the child in his arms and praised God, saying, 29 “Sovereign Lord, now let your servant die in peace, as you have promised. 30 I have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared for all people. 32 He is a light to reveal God to the nations, and he is the glory of your people Israel!””

Jesus came as the greatest light in all humanity and revealed God to all nations. That light is now within our hearts for the entire world to see. While we may be in dark places or the world may appear to be dark, we are lights to those who do not know Christ. We are lights to our brothers and sisters when they are going through a rough time, we are lights in the work place, in our homes and wherever we go.

Sisters and brothers, no matter how many cuts and bruises that you have experienced in your lifetime, God can use those cuts to shine bright for His glory. See if you know anything about a diamond, it’s not just the diamond that makes a ring sparkle it is the unique cuts within the diamond that catches the light and it reflects. While the light continues to travel through the diamond it is scattered through the cuts which creates a grander sparkle. The reflection, refraction and dispersion creates the shine that we see, the shine that captures our eyes. Sisters and brothers as we become a reflection of Christ and as His light shines through our cuts and the brokenness of our past, we will see Him work within us in such a way that dispersion of the light within our hearts will be brilliantly displaced so that others will see Him in us.

As we sparkle and shine for the world to see Christ within us, shine bright and bold like a 12 carat diamond radiant or idea cut. Allow the light of Christ to shine in and through you like a newly engaged woman – show off her bling. Be bold. Be bright.

Father God, thank you for sending your son Jesus Christ to be a light unto the world. Lord, thank you for forgiveness of sins, redemption and restoration. Lord, shine brightly in our hearts, through all of our cuts and bruises so that others can see your brilliant light reflected in our lives. Lord, heal us and make us whole from the things that tried to break us, but never let us forget how you saved us while we were in our darkest moments. Lord, you are the Alpha and Omega. You know the beginning and end of our stories. Lord we trust you right now with the in between. Lord, stretch us beyond where we are today and let us grow more intimately and closer to you. Lord, shine brightly in and through us. Help us to be a light for others. All glory and praise to You. In Jesus name, amen.

#LivingBeyondAverage #20/20Vision #StayFocused

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