When Your Renewal Branches Out Into The World

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
— Matthew 5:14-16

When asked by revival seekers how they could make a difference with their lives as he had, revivalist Gypsy Smith had this to say, 

"Go home. Lock yourself in your room. Kneel down in the middle of the floor, and with a piece of chalk, draw a circle around yourself. There, on your knees, pray fervently and brokenly that God would start a revival within that chalk circle."

In other words, revival starts with you. 

Revival and renewal in our families, in our churches, and in our communities begins inside the heart of each individual member. But, once we have ignited or reignited that spark, it cannot help but spread. There is something positively contagious about light. 

When our hearts and spirits are renewed, when our healing comes, we draw others.

A small spark can start a flame within your heart. And that flame starts a spark in those around you which then spreads to those around them. Like a lighthouse guides a ship safely to the harbor, we can guide others to The Light Of The World. (John 8:12)

For a city set on a hill cannot be hid. Renew, revive and let your light shine.


To Ponder:

What are some ways I can begin to let my light shine as a beacon of hope for those around me? 

Write down your ideas in your prayer journal and create an action plan. 


Prayer:

Father, 

Help me shine as a bright beacon of hope in this often dark world. Fill my heart with the light of your Son Jesus. Let me behold Your glory that I may be changed and shine Your light of glory. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 2 Corinthians 3:18