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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.

Photo on 9-10-18 at 11.09 AMI remember as a child – camping as a family. I remember the dark nights and how my father’s lantern on the picnic table would shine and lead us home when we were out and about. Dad kept the globe on the lamp clean and the wick new and it burnt bright. He kept a good supply of fuel in the lamp and in storage. The light would shine in the darkness – and the darkness could not overcome it.

I remember one of my siblings – my brother I believe – needed a night-light early in his life. A little light plugged into a wall outlet – that gave off a dim light. Even in the darkness of the night in the bedroom – this little light was enough to give peace to him as he woke in the night.

Jesus calls His disciples to be a light in the darkened world. In today’s passage – we are called to shine the light of Christ in our lives so that others can see Jesus. Here’s today’s passage 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.

How are we doing with these instructions? Are we shining for Jesus? Are we living a life that reflects Christ to the world around us? Can people see Jesus in us? If not – what can we do to reflect Christ better? If so – how do we maintain that shining light for Jesus?

John began his gospel with these words. John 1:1–5 – 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

How are we letting our light shine in the darkness of the world – so that others will see Jesus in us – and thru us – and in spite of us? How can we clean our globes (our outer shells) so that Christ’s light can be seen clearly? How might we fuel the fire that is the light of Christ within us?

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 18, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Missions, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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