Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

By Mavis Tipton

Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be

hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket,

but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the

same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may

see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in

Heaven.” (ESV) 

In 1968-69 Buddy and I lived in Pensacola, Fl.  We rented an apartment from a dear woman of God, Mrs. Lois Ross.  We were not Christians at the time we first rented from her.

That was a very difficult time in our lives.  I didn’t really have any friends nearby, and so gradually I got to know Sister Ross.  She befriended me and encouraged me.  She was a lifeline for me.   

The Lord used her in such a mighty way.  He gave her wisdom in the words she spoke to me.  She accepted me, was kind to me, and didn’t ask anything in return.  I was drawn to her and didn’t know why.  She was a ray of light that gave me hope.

She and her family were praying for us, as were many in Panama City. 

I will always praise the Lord for Sister Lois Ross, because she was so instrumental in our lives.  She helped me hang on when I didn’t know what to do.  She guided and mentored Buddy and I when we first became Christians.  She le her light shine. 

Col. 3:12

“Put on then, as God’s chose ones, holy and beloved, compassionate

hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience.”  (ESV) 

January 31, 2016 in our evening service it was our monthly Miracle night.  As we gathered to pray and prepare for the service the electrical power went out.  We did not let that deter us from praying and hearing from the Lord. 

Many prophetic words were spoken and the Lord did many miracles that night. 

As I was praying the Lord reminded me that a prophetic word was spoken over Central Assembly of Vero Beach, when the church was first birthed in 1965. 

The word was that “Central has been called to be a Lighthouse in this community.” 

As I continued to pray the Lord was saying, we are to be keepers of the lighthouse.  Keeping the light shining brightly.  Empowering the light to shine far beyond what any of us can do in the natural. 

What does the light do?  From far away a speck of light can give hope.  It directs those in darkness to a place of safety; it reveals the obstacles that can cause failure, harm, and despair. 

It offers safety and assurance; it offers new direction; once you were lost but now you are found, but if you take your eyes off the beam of light you can become lost again, and the powers of darkness will over take you.  

The light offers warmth, peace, safety, comfort, direction, and hope to those who follow the light.

May we as keepers of the light never let our light grow dim.  May we always be aware of those opportunities that the Lord places in our lives to “Let your light shine…”  Don’t pass up the opportunity to be a “Sister Ross.”