The Bible tells us to be a light to the world;
Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15 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.
Mat 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are to live in such a way that the life of Christ is reflected in the way we act and speak amongst others in the world.
I have always read that verse and I keep thinking of myself as a “candle”. But that verse does not say that we are to be putting out the light of a candle does it? Rather it says we should be like a “CITY” set on a hilltop. We should be like a beacon, a lighthouse even in the amount of light that we put out to the world.
When we walk into a room the room should literally light up in our presence because of the Holy Spirit within us. At the same time we are to walk in humility and meekness so how does this light shine forth from us?
I remember in my early years being trained by master sales trainers. They told me that I should be excited by my product and what it could do for my prospect, but since they did not know anything about the product yet that I could not show my excitement overtly because it would not be understood properly. Rather I should be excited but purposely hold it back. They said that “controlled enthusiasm” was one of the most powerful tools to develop. People pick up on it instantly but it is not a turn-off or easily misunderstood,
Now granted this is all about a worldly sales technique and not about our lives as Christians, yet, do you remember how much trouble we got into when we first learned the truth and ran around trying to convert all our family and friends. We were full of the “Love of the Truth” that was imparted to us by the Holy Spirit and yet we did not know how to control that love or enthusiasm.
More people see our light when we “control” our enthusiasm. The problem is that many of us have almost completely LOST that enthusiasm. That “Love of the truth” that was so much a part of us at the beginning. This is what is wrong with Laodicea, way too many of us have lost that Zeal, that Enthusiasm, that Love of the truth. Because of that our light is not so bright anymore, in fact for some of us it is almost extinguished. Christ is warning us of this because it is going to cause dire circumstances for many of us;
Rev 3:15 I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot.
Rev 3:16 So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
This website is all about the “Knock of Jesus Christ to Laodicea“. Christ is trying to get our attention so that we can open the door to our minds and hearts to Him as we did at the beginning. He is asking us to repent and become zealous again so our light can once again begin to shine to the world.
Rev 3:19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
Rev 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
But what constitutes that light that we are to be so enthusiastic about. Basically, we are simply living our lives in a Godly Manner and demonstrating by our lives the fruits of God’s Holy Spirit within us.
Gal 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Gal 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
These fruits of God’s Spirit need to be in our lives in abundance for our light to shine with any brightness. Do people see the fruits listed, in us, when we are close to them? Do we demonstrate in EVERYTHING we do these fruits? Let me say that another way do we demonstrate these fruits with ZEAL and commitment? Is our light a candle or a city on a hill?
Think about it instead of love do people see us hate? Are we depressed instead of Joyful? Are we upset or agitated instead of at peace? Do we live humbly or are we excitable and complex in our feelings and reactions to others. Is there a gentle spirit about us or do we appear hard or harsh to others. Do we truly act in a virtuous or moral manner in all things or is there dishonesty or cruelness in our actions. And what about FAITH itself, do we truly live our lives as if God has our back or do we constantly doubt or be uncertain about our lives. Is there a mildness about our lives and actions or do others see us as bold or prideful? And finally, do we control the lusts of our bodies or do people see us as indulgent or intemperate folk.
We need to start allowing God’s Spirit to move in us so that we can begin to show those fruits of the spirit in a more powerful way.
This is one way to open the door for Christ to let Him see that we understand and are beginning to Wake up and to Rise up and get ready for what is soon coming. All of us need as much of God’s Spirit as we can get considering what is soon coming on the world. If we do not have enough to see us through, our eternal life is in danger.
Mat 25:7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
Mat 25:8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.