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Monday, January 7, 2013

Let Your Little Light Shine; Working with Jesus

Today's Reading:
  • Luke 11:14 - 36
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Luke 11:14 - 36
Today's reading focused a lot on the casting out of demons.  Jesus cast demons out of a man, and the people accused him of getting his power from Satan.  Jesus rebuked them, saying that a house divided against itself can't stand -- why would Satan be fighting against himself?  Jesus also concluded that only someone stronger than Satan could come in and defeat him like that -- therefore, Jesus comes in with the Kingdom of God behind him.  Jesus then gives his famous talk about demons returning sevenfold (11:24 - 26).  I don't really know what to make of that right now, so I'm just going to file it away in hopes of later insight.

There are two areas I want to focus on for this reading.  The first is verse 11:23:
"Anyone who isn't with me opposes me, and anyone who isn't working with me is actually working against me."
I find this verse quite profound.  Jesus says here that anyone who isn't working with him is actually against him.  In other words, we Christians can't stand back and let others do our works.  We can't simply say that, because we aren't speaking or doing actions against Jesus, that we are for him.  We can't be lukewarm, otherwise we are working against him.  That makes sense to me -- as Christians, we should show the world that we are different from non-Christians.  This brings me to the next section of scripture I want to discuss:
36  "If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light."
As Christians, we need to make sure that we are filled with light from head to toe.  It should radiate outwards from us, so that other people are in awe of the light.  The light will draw people in the way other things can't. People want to look at us and determine why we are different, how we are different -- and how our lives reflect that.  So let your little light shine.

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