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His Love Shines Through Us


Thank you to Austin South, our Regional Director for Latin America, for sharing this month's Shine Brightest devotional.

“I, the Lord, have called you to demonstrate my righteousness. I will take you by the hand and guard you, and I will give you to my people, Israel, as a symbol of my covenant with them. And you will be a light to guide the nations. You will open the eyes of the blind. You will free the captives from prison, releasing those who sit in dark dungeons.” Isaiah 42:6-7

‘Shine brightest where the world is darkest’.  What a motivating yet daunting concept!  Thank God that we can do all things in Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13).  But when we really unpack the idea of shining bright amidst darkness, taking into account what the Lord teaches us in scripture, it becomes less overwhelming and rather exciting.

This is because we don’t have to shine bright, it is God whose Light shines through us. 

I think we, having been once lost in darkness and then given salvation and everlasting life in Jesus (2 Timothy 1:9), have a responsibility to let Truth shine as a testimony to the author and perfecter of our Faith (Hebrews 12:1-2).

God’s brightness shining through us is not a passive thing, we have an active role in it.  Making a conscious effort to share the Light we have graciously and mercifully been given is a matter of life and death. Light and darkness. God wants to use us as a tool to shine through as He constantly offers salvation (light) to those whom are lost in darkness.

I want to share a quick story that illustrates the power of God shining through us, a power that can change a child’s life, a family, a community, a country, and the world.

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A few years ago I was leading an Orphan Outreach mission trip in Honduras.  The group of 18 took about 60 children in second and third grade from a partner ministry school to a National Park that has caves. (las cuevas de Taulabé)  Once we all arrived at the end of the trail, some 900 feet inside the cave, our guides turned off the lights.  It was complete and utter darkness.  Some kids made noise, others silently squeezed the group members hands they were holding.  Then there was silence.  A team member began to share the gospel, explaining that Jesus is the light of the world. (John 8:12). Then the group member turned on a tiny keychain flashlight as they walked toward a child.  As they stood next to a third grade boy the boy turned on his flashlight (symbolically letting Gods light shine).  This went on, child by child, group member by group member until all 78 people’s keychain flashlights were on.  The light that was shared overwhelmed the darkness throughout the cave.

How do we let God’s light shine through us? It is an ever-changing and daily journey, but it starts with us dwelling in His Light then accepting the responsibility and opportunities given to us to testify to what God has done, and is doing in our lives knowing that He is with us.  Once we allow God into our lives in a deeper and deeper way, we cant help but shine bright.

For the New Testament Christians, witness was not a sales pitch.  They simply shared each in his own way, what they had received.  Theirs was not a formally prepared, carefully worked-out presentation, with a gimmick to manipulate conversation and a “closer” for an on-the-spot decision… but the spontaneous, irrepressible, effervescent enthusiasm of those who had met the most fascinating person who ever lived - Richard Halverson


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