For God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of God’s glory in the face of Jesus Christ.
— 2 Corinthians 4: HCSB
The message of hope and mercy is to be carried to the ends of the earth.
But no man can impart that which he himself has not received. In the work of God, humanity can originate nothing. No man can by his own effort make himself a light bearer for God.
It is the love of God continually transferred to man that enables him to impart light. Into the hearts of all who are united to God by faith the golden oil of love flows freely, to shine out again in good works, in real, heartfelt service for God.
It is not because of any restriction on the part of God that the riches of His grace do not flow earthward to men. If all were willing to receive, all would become filled with His Spirit.
It is the privilege of every soul to be a living channel through which God can communicate to the world the treasures of His grace, the unsearchable riches of Christ. There is nothing that Christ desires so much as agents who will represent to the world His Spirit and character... All heaven is waiting for channels through which can be poured the holy oil to be a joy and blessing to human hearts.
Christ has made every provision that His church shall be a transformed body, illumined with the Light of the world, possessing the glory of Emmanuel. It is His purpose that every Christian shall be surrounded with a spiritual atmosphere of light and peace. He desires that we shall reveal His own joy in our lives.
The religion of Christ means more than the forgiveness of sin; it means taking away our sins, and filling the vacuum with the graces of the Holy Spirit. It means divine illumination, rejoicing in God. It means a heart emptied of self, and blessed with the abiding presence of Christ.
To His faithful followers Christ has been a daily companion and familiar friend. They have lived in close contact, in constant communion with God... They are prepared for the communion of heaven; for they have heaven in their hearts.
— Christ’s Object Lessons, p.418,420
Pray for the riches of God’s grace to flow earthward and be filled with His Spirit.
Be Christ’s living channel through whom God can communicate to the world the treasures of His grace and blessing.
Empty the heart of self and rejoice in the abiding presence of Christ.
Live in close contact and constant communion with God. Have heaven in your heart.