As shining lights

Fathers want the best for their children. Most of all, fathers want happiness for them.

My father, a gospel preacher for more than 30 years, always wanted me to be a preacher. My first name came as a result of my father’s love of scripture. His vision for me was to become like Jesus and develop a love of the truth so that I might be saved and proclaim the gospel to others.

While I obeyed the gospel, the remainder of that vision didn’t materialize for my father while he was alive. I followed other pursuits instead. When my father died, my mother gave me his library. I began to read. As I read those books and Dad’s notes, my heart filled with regret. I returned to school and started preaching. Now more than 30 years later, I’m happy I did.

The lesson is there always remains an opportunity while we are alive to start over. We can change our lives; we can achieve our potential. It is never too late to start working for the Master. It is never too late to allow the gospel to shine inside us.

The apostle Paul wrote to his beloved fellow-workers in Philippi, encouraging them to make themselves “shining lights” in a world made dark by sin (Philippians 2:15). How? He said they could do this by “holding on to the word of life so that on the day of Christ I will have a reason to boast that I did not run in vain nor labor in vain” (Philippians 2:16).

“Hold on to the word of life.” That’s good advice. Holding on to the word of life can give life the highest meaning. Holding on the word of life will make us lights in a world of darkness.

Someone needs to see the light of God’s word in you. Why not begin today to become a shining light that can bring someone to salvation?

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