Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I'm Gonna Let it Shine

There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world. John 1:6-9 

Two of my greatest witnesses to the Light of Christ in my life were my grandparents. I was always touched by the way they lived their lives for Jesus. Even though my time around them was limited because they lived in another state, the Lord used their testimony to bring me to salvation some twenty years after they both went home to be with the Lord. This was not the only thing He used, but it played a major roll. Out of love, my grandparents lived life to bring Him glory. I can remember my grandma, with her soft gentle voice, speaking of Jesus and telling me to follow Him.

We Christians, like John the Baptist, are called to bear witness of the Light. When you read the scripture account of John the Baptist, there is no doubt who he is serving and bearing testimony of. Likewise, there should be no doubt as to who we serve. In our fallen sinful state, we are tempted to serve ourselves. Many times, people around us may not even know that we are Christians. We may be afraid to share or else our heart and minds are on other things. For some, there may be no fruit of salvation and we may live like the world. In these things, we may end up standing in the way of someone else... that may have entered into the kingdom.

“Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
Luke 11:52

Lord, please help me to be faithful in bearing witness of Your Light and use me to bring people into Your Kingdom. I do not want to hinder anyone else from entering in. In Jesus Name, Amen. I pray this is your prayer also.

“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. “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.
 Matt 5:13-16

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  1. Ken,

    What a good post. Even as I was reading about your grandparents and their godly influence and faithful witness of following Jesus, it brought to mind people in my own life who were faithful.

    What a wonderful example they are and we know the impact it can make in the life of unbelievers. May we be Christ's ambassadors, salt and light, where He has placed us.

    Lord bless...Susan

  2. Great post! I love how we can look back on our lives and see the people who decided to be salt and light in our lives. Those people are so important to where I am now. I also touched on being salt and light today on my blog. We never know how our words and actions are going to influence other and prompt them to follow Christ. Nice to meet you!

  3. I want to be salt and light to this dark world. May my light always shine for Jesus.

  4. This is an excellent post Ken, thank you!

    And as for your prayer, I say . . . Amen!

    God Bless,


  5. First off I want to thank you for visiting my blog today. And leaving me a comment. Have a bless day

  6. hey Ken,
    I found you through Lisa and followed your comment on my post! I really enjoyed your post and am looking forward to reading more!
    I want to be salt and light to this world to and be a testimony of the love He has shown to me!

  7. Beautiful testimony. I pray that I will be an influence for Christ in the lives of my grandchildren and students.

  8. Ken, I also would like to add my Amen to your prayer :-) Great post!


  9. How awesome you had grandparents that led you to the Lord!
    Too want to be faithful to Him who gave all.


  10. Firstly, John was Jesus cousin, isn't it strange this wasn't said??probably because it wasn't imporant. Yet, what a blessing that two John cousins were involved with Christs mission on earth. It makes me see them in a different light. Perhaps they played games with him as a child?
    My grandparents also were responsible for much of my faith. I am going to try harder to give out to my own grandchildren..
    The salt of the earth. Salt plays a major part in our body health.
    Magnesium (epson salts) is a vital mineral. I take two tablets daily for heart health, restless legs and depression.. Yes, it keeps me healthy and happy. We are, the salt of the earth.
    God bless Ken. Hug to you mate.

  11. Hi Ken -

    Thank you for this.

    John the Baptist is my style...
    He is one of my favorite Bible people.

    I love this that you expressed,
    "Lord, please help me to be faithful in bearing witness of Your Light and use me to bring people into Your Kingdom. I do not want to hinder anyone else from entering in. In Jesus Name, Amen. I pray this is your prayer also."

    Yes, Ken, I pray with you on that to our Lord.

  12. Hi Ken -

    How wonderful that our Lord let it shine in Egypt.

  13. Ken - This was just awesome! What a wonderful tribute you have given to your grandparents. I was privileged to know all four of mine - and they were instrumental in my Christian faith. They were truly "salt and light!"

    Just today in church we were given bookmarks with our church's verse for 2011. It was these exact same words from Matthew! I love it!

    Let your light shine - and let it reflect Jesus, and point the way to His feet. That's what I want to do - and encourage others to do the same.

    GOD BLESS, Ken - thanks for sharing this wonderful message!


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