Shine

a lighthouse

“A holy life will produce the deepest impression. Lighthouses blow no horns; they only shine.” – DL Moody

A Brief Light

Back in the early 1990s, I was in Budapest. While there, I was introduced to a young man who was being mightily used by God to strengthen the Church in post-Communist Hungary.

I didn’t know how impactful his ministry was; I was new to Budapest. Anyway, he and I began talking about the things of God. We were enjoying our conversation, and he decided we should go for a walk. Somehow we ended up walking on a footpath through the woods on the Buda side of the Danube river.

Finally, we stopped, looked at the hill we’d walked up, kicked some stones on the footpath, and after a few minutes, we walked back. I returned to the guests where I was staying, and he went on to a meeting he had. 

Less than a year later, he died of cancer, which was a tremendous blow to many Christians in Budapest and something I ponder from time to time. That walk we shared was the only time I talked with him. 

The Light of Jesus Simply Came Out

I did not know his ministry, but what I did know was that he lived his life the way Jesus desires all of us to live. He didn’t force his faith, nor did he restrain it; instead, he rested in it. The light of Jesus simply came out.

Here’s what Jesus has told us to do: “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…” – Matthew 5:14-16

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