Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. Mark 16:20
Every day, all over the world, people are given instructions as to how to do something. Along with the instructions, many are also given the tools to help them accomplish the task taught.
While many will use those tools and actually work to do the task, there are also many who reject the instructions. They choose to either not do the task at all, or they choose to do it their own way.
After Jesus had left the earth, the disciples went out and preached the gospel message everywhere. God was with them and confirmed it with signs and wonders.
The entire purpose of Jesus coming to earth was to seek and to save those who are lost. In His few years of ministry He taught the disciples how to carry on His mission.
That purpose is still in effect to this day. Jesus still wants to seek and save the lost. He is also wanting every believer to go out and pass that message on to others.
God has given every believer what he needs to accomplish His task. The bible is filled with instructions as to how to accomplish His task.
While there are some who are actively trying to accomplish God’s task, there are many who are not doing His work. Most believers are living their own life, taking care of self and not reaching out to the lost. Others are going out to do the work, but are doing it their own way, not the way God has directed them to do, thus signs are not really following them.
God has created you for a purpose. It was to have fellowship with Him and to build His kingdom. The only way you can work at building His kingdom is to follow His instructions and actually go out and do it.
As you step out in faith, doing what He has asked of you, God will pour out signs and wonders confirming His word and the work through you. Over time you will see lives changed and God’s kingdom being built. This is not done for your glory, but for His glory.
Each day God will give you opportunities to do His work and be His witness. Are you willing to do what He has taught you to do?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God has called you to do; that you will do what God has called you to do; and that God will confirm His work through you with signs and wonders.
“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.” Isaiah 60:1
Light is something that can be seen as good or bad. People need to see things, but often do not want to really see those things.
In this world many things are done in the dark or in the secret places. People do not want to be seen doing things that are wrong or that are perceived to be wrong. They want to cover up those things and keep it hidden.
When the light shines, exposes them and they are ashamed of what they have done. They do not mind light as long as it does not expose them in a negative way.
Isaiah, talking to Israel, tells them that they need to arise and shine, because their light has come. God is shining upon them.
This passage is a prophecy of the coming of Jesus. Jesus came into the world as a light. He would expose sin and righteousness in the lives of people. He would show the light of the forgiveness of God and removal of all sins in the lives of all people.
Believers now have this light in their lives. Just as the moon rises in the night sky and reflects the light of the sun, believers are to rise in this dark world and reflect the light of Jesus to this world.
This light being shown is God’s righteousness and holiness. It is showing the way to live. It is exposing sin and wrong ways of living, while showing the path to salvation.
Every believer must now rise up and shine this light with no fear. The world needs to hear the gospel message of Jesus. They need to know that the path they are on is destructive.
You, also have this light in you, if you believe in and follow Jesus. Make sure that this light is shining brightly in this world. When the world is falling apart in fear and death, you can let them know the path to eternal life and peace.
The light you are revealing is not your light, but that of God. God is with you and will never leave you. Allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you and guide you in how to share that light with the world to see.
God can and will change lives through you as you shine His light.
I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will know the light of Jesus in your life; that you will shine the light of God to this world; and that you will be God’s shining light in this dark world.