By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: July 21, 2017
From Series: The Light of the World
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
There are three things to know about light. It cannot exist without an energy source. Its sole purpose is to dispel darkness. And it is of zero value when hidden. As Christ followers, we know that we cannot fully live without the One true source—Jesus Christ—whose purpose on earth was to forever dispel the world’s darkness for those who believe in Him. He, who did not hide from taking on our sin and shame on the cross, rose from death placing darkness on its heels. Our Savior overcame the world to pave our way back to the Father.
In today’s verse, Jesus is speaking to His disciples, to those who know and love Him with a very clear command—shine My light in this world ravaged by sin and darkness. Sadly, though, far too many Christians are placing their ‘lamps under a bowl’ like a house with no windows, the lights may be on inside but it looks like no one’s home.
Maybe you’re thinking, “I don’t know how to shine light before others”. Here’s the thing, you don’t have to know how—you only have to be connected to the Source. God doesn’t bless your ability—He blesses your availability. And it’s not so much a matter of specific actions that draw people’s curiosity, but the heart and attitude with which you approach life. If God is your first priority and your focus is fixed on the path Jesus has set before you, others will notice. In fact, you will shine so brightly that they’ll be overwhelmed by their exposure to the Son!
Father God, I praise You! You are all I need, the source of all hope and joy. Today, use me to make a difference in the lives of those still living in darkness.
How are you using your influence to shine the light of Christ? In what areas could you expand your visibility or availability? Are you inviting people to church?
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