Numbers 8:1-3… When Moses instructed Aaron to light the seven lamps, he was to arrange the lamps so that they shone “outward” (Berkley), “forward” (NLT), or “to give light in front” (AMP). Jesus may have had this in mind in Matthew 5:16 when He told the disciples, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (KJV). In other words, “Shine your light outward.” Light can be hidden (Matthew 5:15). The Lord wants your light to be free to shine in public. Jesus talked about hiding your light under a bushel. Jesus wants your light to make contact with the world “out in front” where it can benefit the lost and where it is needed the most. Some folks extinguish their light; they smother it. The natural enemy of light is not darkness; it is the wind and rain, both of which can quench your light. Paul teaches, “Quench not the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). In other words, “Do not extinguish the Spirit’s fire.” Don’t let fear, disobedience, persecution, or rebellion douse your light. Turn your lamp outward. The world and the nation needs your light; the world needs you. Philippians 2:15-16 reads, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life.” Turn your lamps outward. Paul says, “Hold forth the word of life,” the word that gives life. Be a good example in your community, be a positive force, and be aglow with the Spirit.
When you shine forward, you are a witness of the light, and from that light, others can be “lit.”
Pastor George Belobaba
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