Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 6/28/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

No matter how strong of a light you may have, if you don’t turn it on it won’t shed any light. A light source is dark until it is turned on. No one benefits from a light that is not lit. A dimmed light may be useful, but it has very little real impact on the world around it. The stronger the light, the more useful and valuable the light will be. If the light does not shine, no one will be able to see where they are going. A light that shines is easily seen by those in the darkness.

We are the light of the world. If we are not good sources of light,, the world will continue to stumble around in darkness. If we don’t take care of ourselves, we can ruin our effectiveness as light sources. The world depends on us to show them the way out of their darkness. Are you a good source of light? Are you letting your light shine in the world? One of the ways we can do it is through the good that we do in life. Our actions often speak louder than our words. We show the world what difference Christ makes in human life by the things we do. We live out love and godliness in all things. There is no separation between what we say and what we do at work, home, play, or church.

Let your light shine for the glory of Christ our Lord. In order to do that, we must keep close to Christ, who is the source of our light. We must stay in constant touch with Him through the Word of God, in our prayer closet, and in the church fellowship. We must never neglect our salvation or take it for granted. If we wander away from Christ, our light will dim or even go out.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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