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BIBLE TEXT: 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 in heaven.
PERSONAL REFLECTION: Early 2012, I was blessed to land a good size job in Brentwood, Tennessee. For those that don’t know, I install low voltage cabling infrastructure for commercial buildings. The job had a horrible owner that constantly changed things the entire time. On an everyday basis I would hear many STRONG curse words. Most subs would frequently call it the JOB FROM HELL. I didn’t have much argument toward that, but I know God gives me everything I get and that always gives me a different outlook on my work.
Towards the very end of the job the foreman approached me and said a few things. Let me paint a picture of this man. He’s a very rough around the edges kind of man; he reminded me of a John Wayne type. He said to me, “Naz, I want to take this opportunity to tell you something. It has truly been my pleasure to work alongside you on this project. No matter what the owner and I have thrown at you, your attitude and respect was impeccable. (Here it comes) “Honestly Naz, every time you’ve walk onto this job site, it’s like a ray of light fills this place up.”
WOW! Can you believe that? That is the first time a grown man, a foreman, a John Wayne, had ever said something like that to me. God’s light TRULY does shine.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: People don’t light a lamp to put a basket over it; they put it on a stand. Why as Christians do we put in the work to light our lamps, go to church on Sundays, read our Bibles, listen to “The Fish,” (to just name a few things) and then turn around to put a basket over our lamps when we are in the WORLD? I want to challenge you, and myself, to have the courage and boldness to place ourselves on the stand, to give light to our house, our work, our community, and our peers and to have the confidence in ourselves and in The King we serve no matter the ridicule, embarrassment, humility.
PRAYER: Father, I first want to thank You for all You have and will do for me. I thank You for the opportunity to be Your light, I thank You for the work to go along with that. I ask that You continue to teach me ways to serve you more OUT LOUD. I realize that I will never arrive until the day I see Your face, and for that reason I want to continue to be a worker for You. I love You and I honor You….Amen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
I am married to the beautiful Alicia Roseberry and have two boys: NJ and Isaiah Roseberry. We have been attending Life Assembly for 6 years now and couldn’t see ourselves anywhere else in the world.