Bright lights

Christmas is a time of lights, lots of lights and lots of colors. At Jefferson Baptist Church we have a Christmas light show that plays each evening. It is amazing how colored lights can be programmed to do what they do. If you haven’t yet driven into the parking lot and watched it you are missing a special treat.

Jesus, God’s Son was born into the world as a human being just exactly like us except He had no sin. All that He did and accomplished on this earth was designed so that we could live with Him with incomprehensible joy forever. On the basis of what His goal was for being born into this world, He declared Himself to be the light of the world, so lights at Christmas time are very appropriate.

People, like myself, who call themselves followers of Jesus, servants of Jesus, are commanded by Jesus to be bright lights. When a follower of Jesus is successful at becoming a bright light he attracts people to himself, and to his Savior. So I have decided to make becoming a brighter light a goal of mine, what do I do now? Let me suggest 3 things that anyone can work at doing to increase their luminosity.

First, don’t grumble or complain about anything, ever, but instead rejoice about everything. Some, right at the start will declare that principle impossible, it isn’t, or others will declare it being phony, it isn’t. The Bible says in Philippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” And in Philippians 2:14-16 it says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.” This doesn’t mean you don’t feel sad, or grieve, or get upset at injustice, but it does mean that you don’t blame, shame, complain, or feel sorry for yourself. I am sure it would be impossible for me to have any level of success at this kind of life behavior without a huge level of trust in Jesus Christ as King of the earth, and King of my life.

Number 2 tomorrow.

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