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Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky…
My personal salvation story is rather tame when compared to many others I’ve heard. And my wife Sherry’s is even less dramatic than mine – she was saved at ten years of age and has never moved from the faith of her adolescent years. Her faith has only become stronger. I remember one occasion in Ecuador when we were sharing our stories with a group of English speaking college students. Sherry was a little reluctant to share, but she did so nonetheless. One of the girls in the group began to cry. Sherry asked, “Is everything all right?” The young woman said, “Yes, I just want to know your God – the God who would make Himself known to even a child.” She soon accepted Christ as her personal Lord and Savior.
I’ve talked with many Christians who (like Sherry and me) say, “I just don’t have an interesting or compelling salvation story.” They feel their testimony isn’t as dramatic as others and therefore are reluctant to share. I always tell them, “Remember how dark our world is – don’t compare your light to any other believer. Only compare it to the darkness.”
Our “warped and crooked generation” (previous passage), is so dark even a flickering candle can be blinding. So any of us who feel our light isn’t bright enough, just need to find a darker room. Our light will then become a beacon because it is the only light some people will ever see. Paul tells us that in comparison to the darkness of the world – we will shine brightly. Don’t be afraid to let your light shine – no matter how tame your story may be – it’s all about Him anyway!
God uses each and every one of us to provide a lost generation with the opportunity to know Him. Will you do your part? Will you let your light shine at every opportunity?
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Pocket Devotions are written by Mike Brooks. A retired businessman, he is Moderator of South Shores church, leads the Deacon Board, serves on the finance committee, and he teaches a Men's Bible study and the Men's Ministry. Mike has a passion for evangelical missions. He is the husband of Sherry; the father of Ryan, Natalie, Krissy, Rebecca, and Amanda; the father-in-law of Ariel; and the grandfather of Conner and Christian.