Let Your Light Shine (Through the Gospels)
“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. (Click to read entire passage)
You cannot measure darkness; you can only measure light. If you want to know how much darkness is in a room, you must measure the light. In other words, light is superior to darkness.
Jesus says you and I are the light of the world. This light that He has put inside of us is Him. This revelation comes with so much responsibility. We are living in a dark world that desperately needs the love of Jesus. There are people all around us who are hurting, broken, empty and lost. The light of Jesus can heal, fill and bring fulfillment back into their lives.
But how do we do this? Let our lives boldly shine the person of Jesus to others. Jesus uses light as a metaphor to capture what the Christian life is about. It is about actions! Different from sounds, light is visible. You can see light! Our convictions and love for the Lord must be seen by the world around us. This is why Jesus says, “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 5:16).
What a powerful statement. The way we live can tangibly demonstrate who He is to others. When we truly live out God’s Kingdom on earth, people will see how good He is and will be drawn to Him. “That they may see your good works and give glory to your Father.”
Are you living for Jesus? Is it evident to others that you are a lover of Jesus? I pray this morning that you will make Him your all in all so that those around you would want to know the God you worship.