Are you aware that in order for you to be blessed you have to also be a blessing? You asked God for a car and now you won’t even give a ride to those in need. You asked God for a job or an increase in your salary but you won’t even help somebody who asks you on the street. You ask God for a healing in your body and now you’re too scared to share your testimony. You’ve been blessed with extra food in the refrigerator but can’t even let your neighbor borrow a cup of sugar. Don’t you realize the only God some people see is in you? The bible states in Matthew 5:16 “In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” If every time I see you and your light is out there is a problem. It’s like coming to your home but every time your lights are off. Eventually, I will probably think that you haven’t paid your bill or you don’t want me to know you’re home. It’s the same way with letting your light for God shine. If every time I pass you and you are complaining, your light is off. If every time I ask you for something and you tell me no this is mine get your own, your light is off. If I call you for guidance and prayer and all you got to offer is gossip, your light is off. If every time there is work to be done at church and you’re a hindrance, your light is off. If you keep your light out at all times, God may pass you by like a trick or treater does a dark house on Halloween. I don’t know about you but I’m singing every day, “Lord whatever you’re doing in this season, don’t do it without me!”
God has given you an amazing gift but you have to use it. 2nd Timothy 1:6 says “You received a gift from God when I placed my hands on you [to ordain you]. Now I’m reminding you to fan that gift into flames.” Haven’t you heard the saying, use it or lose it? If you start a fire in the fireplace, the only way for it to keep burning is by adding wood because if you don’t then it will go out. It’s the same with God-given gifts. If you don’t use your legs for a long time when you try to stand they will give out on you. If you don’t use the gift of knowledge that you’ve been blessed with, you may just forget it. In order for you to continue to be blessed you have to show yourself worthy of what you already have. If you aren’t taking care of the house you got now, you won’t be blessed with another one. If you are constantly complaining about the job you have now, you won’t be blessed with another one. If you don’t find the time to increase the blessings you’ve already received God surely won’t send you another one. It’s like the story in the bible of the men God blessed with gifts. He gave one man five and he turned it into 10. He gave one man 2 and he turned it into 4. Because they chose to work with the gifts God gave them, he replied “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord (Matthew 25:21)”. But the man who received one gift buried it in the ground because he was afraid of the possibility of losing it but what use is it in the ground? The only thing that is supposed to be buried is dead stuff. Is your blessing dead? If God has blessed you with his light, why is it off? Why are you afraid to show that you have God deep on the inside?
Matthew 25:29 says “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Isn’t that great news? If I use what I got, I get more. If I share what I got, I get more. If I give what I got, I get more. Take for an example, you have your last $3 in your pocket for lunch and on your way to work you see someone asking for change. You know that you only have these last few dollars but you gladly give it to him. You’re not worried because you remember God’s word that says I’ll be your provider and you go on to work. Then lunch times come and the company has decided to buy lunch for everybody, not only that, a coworker comes and hands you a card as a thank you for always helping her when she ask. As she walks away, you open it and $20 falls out. Won’t God show up just when you need him? All because you gave your all, he gave his.
If you allow your light to be off or dim, you’re the only person to blame. There is no reason for having a limited supply of light when God has promised you a constant supply if you believe and if you use it. Psalm 18:28 says “You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.” I may not let my light shine the right way every day, but I’m a work in progress so forgive me. I may not always come when you call but I’m a work in progress so love me. I may not always go where I should or do what I should do but I’m a work in progress so help me. I may sometimes fall and let you down but I’m a work in progress so help me. I may sometimes act unchristian like but I’m a work in progress so pray for me. Don’t act like you’re always so good, kind, trustworthy and caring because you have bad days too. Just because you got a little extra money this week, it doesn’t make you better than me so watch your attitude. I may just be your way to work next week. Just because your boyfriend is at the house this week doesn’t mean all the bad days are over, so watch your tone because I may be the shoulder you cry on next week. Just because your kids don’t act up and you got all the answers don’t mean I’m doing things wrong so watch what you say and who you say it too because I may just have to bail you out next week. Be careful of the backs you cross because that person may be the one to help carry you when you fall. Be careful of the shoulders to step on going up because they may be the one you lean on coming down. Be careful of the hands you bite because they may be the only ones to pull you up when you get knocked down. I am not perfect but I’m a believer so that makes me God’s child and that’s enough.