"John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light" (John 5:35).
John was a lamp that shine and gave light. He lived out what he was designed to do. He showed the way to Jesus. His light was not to shine on himself, but to illuminate Christ. We are called to be and to do the same. We've been called to shine - not to be so worried about being seen as eccentric or fanatic, but to shine; to give off a light that leads other to Jesus. There's supposed to be something that makes us different - and we are to shine!
We are to be like a match in the darkness. As we burn with a passion for Jesus, our light shines. Everything we set our hands to do should be an extension of that light. Every word we speak to anyone should be a personification of that light. Who we are and what we do are one and the same. They cannot be separated. Jesus called us "the light of the world," as He also is the "Light of the world." We were not called to hide, and not asked to be stars, but to shine like stars, reflecting the light of Jesus to a world darkened with doubt, discouragement, depression, fear, anxiety, and so many other chains that hold us back from all God desires us to be. We are to shine His love, grace, power, and glory.
Does your life shine in a way that illuminates Jesus? Take a moment today, right now, and ask God to forgive you for the times that it hasn't, and to give you the strength to pursue an even greater intimacy with Him, that every moment of your life would be like that match that shines, illuminating the awesomeness of Jesus!