The Lord has put Isa 60:1-3 on my heart this year. I believe He is fulfilling this scripture in the lives of TMCI ministries around the world. I continue to get reports of salvations and many signs and wonders from TMCI ministries everywhere.
Arise, shine; for your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you. 3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. (NKJV)
What better time of the year to share about the light of the world, Jesus Christ? Every year Ginny and I put up outdoor Christmas decorations. Many of our shrubs are decorated with Christmas lights, but the focal point is the manger scene Ginny puts on our porch. It is our non-verbal message to all who pass by: this is the reason for the season.
Many people are in deep darkness. Christmas is a great time to share the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Don’t allow the darkness of this world to bring us down, but let us rejoice in the season and share the good news of Jesus with all who will hear. Remember we celebrate the birth of our Savior who brought light into the world. Let us not forget to share it with others.
Some ways to share are simple: a smile to those with whom we come in contact, especially the store clerks who help us or check us out at the cash register. Smile at them, encourage them and leave a blessing by wishing them a Merry Christmas. Let’s not wish them happy holidays but rather Merry Christmas.
Let’s let the light of Christ flow through us this season and speak the truth in love to people around us. We all have a sphere of influence. Let us enlighten those who are in it with the good news of the gospel. What is our sphere of influence? Our relatives, neighbors, co-workers, and those with whom we do business. Most people have at least sixty-six people in their sphere of influence. Many of you have a larger sphere of influence through Facebook and other social media. Let us get the good news of Jesus into their lives this Christmas season.
Remember, the only Jesus many will see is the Jesus in you. So let us be good ambassadors for Christ this season. What better gift can we give than the love of Jesus Christ as we let God use us to share the Gospel and use us in signs and wonders this season. Let your light shine!
Bishop Bob Coulter