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Let Your Light So Shine!

Matthew 5:16

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

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgHave you ever played flashlight tag? It has to be dark – it is like tag – only you have to tag people with the light shining from your flashlight. It was all the rage back in the 60’s – lol. We played it a lot when we went camping – with the family or with the Boy Scouts. We even played it in youth group outside the church at night! Flashlight tag gave way to – you guessed it – laser tag. They took the idea of flashlight tag – took it indoors – and used sophisticated laser flashlights. It was the same fun with a hi-tech approach.

If you had a stronger flashlight – you could shine it on folks long before they could get their weaker light on you! If it was also small and compact – you could maneuver easier around the tombstones (if you were playing in a cemetery for instance) or around the bushes in the churchyard. Dark clothes were also a plus because they were harder to see and didn’t light up – so to speak – when the light hit them! There were other nuances to the game – but you get the idea. Wearing glow in the dark clothes – whether playing flashlight tag or laser tag is not a good idea.

In today’s passage – Jesus tells us to let our light (our witness) shine so that others can see it and give God the glory. Here it is in partial context. Matthew 5:14–16 – 14 You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

A Christians we should not try to blend into the world around us – but rather – we should strive to live in such a way that brings glory to God. Examples might be as simple as saying grace at your table in a restaurant – or giving God the create when someone compliments you – or posting on social media that you are in worship and giving your church as the location (others might want to attend the church you are attending). Witnessing – or letting your light so shine before others doesn’t have to be preachy or quoting scripture. It is how we live and giving God the credit!

When you witness your faith – be prepared for the push back. Remember all the push back Tim Tebow got for kneeling to pray on the sidelines during games? Jesus told us that the world would not appreciate us. John 15:18 – If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. Don’t let the world scare you out of doing what God has called you (us) to do.  Let your light so shine today – that those around you will notice – and will give God the glory!

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

August 26, 2014 - Posted by | Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , ,

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