"For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness," made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ." 2 Corinthians 4:6
This verse is incredible and incredibly encouraging. Let's look at the encouragement it provides.
In my last post I wrote, in part, about how the Gospel does not need our help; it does not need sugar-coating. This verse explains why the Gospel is more than fine on its own.
Read Genesis chapter one and look at how God created. Below are a couple examples.
"And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light." Genesis 1:3
"And God said, 'Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.' And it was so." Genesis 1:24
In Genesis chapter one we see God saying "Let there be..." and there was. God created the universe with His Word. God spoke and matter came from nothing. God spoke and life came from nothing. God's Word is the powerful force that created everything.
Paul encourages us with the verse at the top of this page. "For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ."
God's Word is powerful and the same God who created everything with His Word, speaks light into our hearts. The Word of God does not need our help, it does not need us attempting to modify it to make it more relevant, it does not need us trying to add anything to it. It brought life and light to the world and it brings life and light into dead sinners hearts!
Now, if God has spoken His light into your heart, shine on. Like the children's song says: "Hide it under a bushel? NO! I'm gonna let it shine."
Proclaim the Word of God without frills or sugar-coating and let its power go to work in hearts. And let your light shine today.