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. (Matthew 5:14-16 NLT)

Maybe you landed your dream job but soon realized the boss was a nightmare. Or you finally moved in to that perfect home only to discover your neighbors are far from perfect! Although it might not look like it but God has already placed you in your promise land – you just have to conquer the enemy and drive him out of the land!

Romans 12:21 (NCV) says, “Do not let evil defeat you, but defeat evil by doing good.”

Why would God place us in such dark, hostile environments? You mean the environments that the people of Israel had to endure not only in the wilderness but when they stepped into the promise land in the book of Joshua? Remember that their promise land was already occupied by some seriously rough and intimidating characters! And they, like us, had to conquer and/or drive out all the evil in the land before they could enjoy the luxuries of living in it.

So why does God put us in undesirable environments? Because He’s smart! God doesn’t mount all His light fixtures in one room of His house the same as He doesn’t clump all the stars in one corner of the universe. No, He spreads things out so that the light can shine everywhere!

You’re the light of the world where you live, work, and play. It may be less than ideal at the moment but don’t run or hide your light – let your life do what it was designed to do – shine before everyone!

Let those in your world see God’s goodness within you by your good deeds. Let your testimony of God’s saving power be known. Give people a reason to ask about the Hope that lies within you! Let your light shine before those around you so that God may be glorified!

Posted by Akinyemi Michael


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