lady bug

Mathew 5: 14-15:
“ You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill can not be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
I was sitting on a bench the other day waiting for some friends to show up. As I sat I could not help but notice that the location of the bench was not in the best part of town. Glancing down at my feet I found that the bench was landscaped with dark brown river stone. Nestled within the dirty stones were discarded cigarette butts, gum, tissues and whatever other trash that did not make it to the waste can that was positioned a few steps away full and running over. To make matters worse,the day was hot and muggy causing my surroundings to develop an unpleasant smell. This was not a very nice environment to hang out in.
As I was getting up to relocate something caught my eye. Crawling out from under a stone and perched on a cigarette butt was a ladybug. Its bright orange color made this bug stand out among the filth it was traveling through. Its bright color was like a beacon that was hard to miss. This got me thinking.
As God’s children, we have been given the light of the Holy Spirit. It is this light we have been asked to shine and share with those who do not know the Father above.
Christians can relate to this ladybug. We too find ourselves traveling through a world that is dark, dirty and driven by the flesh. When we are walking a walk that is pleasing to God, we become His beacon that draws attention to those who are in desperate need of His love.
Unlike the ladybug, whose color does not fade, Christians have the ability to adjust their beacon. When we walk close to our Father above our light shines bright. When we fade back and drift away from His light, our light dims and we begin to blend in with the environment that walks in the flesh.
The question that I place before you is this. Are you attracting attention and making God’s presence known to those around you or are you falling down among the rocks, blending in and going with the flow?
I think we all know what direction this flow will take you.
Mathew 5: 16:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
 BY:  Ron Teed
  

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