Shine Your Light

Shine Your Light

 

Matthew 5:14-16 14You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  15Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  16Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
Yesterday we talked about being salt, today we’ll discuss being light. There are quite a few things we can learn from this passage. If you look up the definition of light the first one listed is God- as a source of spiritual illumination and strength. The next definition is the energy producing a sensation of brightness that makes seeing possible.  Another way light is defined is something that ignites something. We are the light of the world. The light of God on the inside of us is what will cause us to shine so brightly. We have the ability to bring illumination and strength to the world around us. There are those in our lives who find a sense of direction and comfort just from being around us. Even as light makes seeing possible, the light of God in us can help the world around us to see clearly.

Even though we have light in us, are using that light to help others? Verse 15 says men don’t light a lamp and then put it under a basket, but rather place it on a lamp stand so that everyone in the house can benefit from it’s light. Is your light benefiting everyone around you? Or do you hide it because you are afraid to let everyone around you know who you are in Christ? Verse 16 says let your light shine before men. We are supposed to let others see the light of God in us.   We are supposed to be different. People should see in us a moral excellence, godly character, and recognize the light of Christ in us. Not so they will glorify us, but so that they will glorify our Father. When those in the world recognize something different about us, our lives can bring them to a place where they recognize their need for what we have.  Proverbs 4:18 says 18But the path of the [uncompromisingly] just and righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines more and more (brighter and clearer) until [it reaches its full strength and glory in] the perfect day [to be prepared]. If we keep our focus on living a life that is righteous, in right-standing with God, our path will shine with His light. His light in us will dispel the darkness not only in our lives but in the lives of everyone we come into contact with.

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