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Being a Good Witness for Christ

Matthew 5:16

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

I often use this passage in messages and thought it was a good time to share some thoughts on it.  Matthew places this passage in the midst of what some have called The Sermon on the Mount.  According to Matthew’s account – Jesus had just finished teaching what we call the Beatitudes – Matthew 5:1-12.

Jesus began to describe what we ought to be as Christians.  We are to be His witnesses – His ambassadors – His hands and feet.  In Matthew 5:13 he says we are to be like salt – flavoring the world around us.  If we have no flavor or impact we are of no use to the Kingdom.  He even says if we are not the salt – we should be thrown out to be trampled on by others.

In Matthew 5:14-16 we read about being light.  We are to shine for Jesus! Matthew 5:14-16 – 14 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.  Is Christ’s light shining in our lives today?

In the sermon Sunday I mentioned that we are all witnesses for Jesus.  When we claim to be followers of Christ – we are all witnesses.  We are either a good witness or a bad witness – or something in-between and we know what Jesus said He would do with lukewarm folks (Revelation 3:16).  Jesus is urging us to be good witnesses – the light for a darkened world.

Today I urge us to examine our witness.  Are we shining the light of Christ to the world around us?  Are we letting our light so shine before men and women that they see Jesus in our lives?  Are we being a good witness for Christ?

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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August 21, 2012 - Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. Ouch is all I can say Pastor. I do not allow Christ’s light to shine in my life even most of the time. Thanks for sharing.


    Comment by JR | August 22, 2012 | Reply

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