June 27, 2020
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.”
John 8:12, “When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'”
There are three things to know about light. It can’t exist without an energy source. Its sole purpose is to dispel darkness, and it’s of zero value when hidden. As Christ-followers, Jesus is our source who came to dispel the world’s darkness for those who believe in Him. He defeated the grave and placed death on its heels. At that moment, the darkness of fear, failure, and rejection was overcome as He illuminated our way back to the Father of Heavenly Lights.
In today’s verse, Jesus gives His followers 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 without 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 just need to be connected to the Source who directs our course. So, 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.
The brilliant blaze of God’s glory is impenetrable! So, let your light shine before others so brightly that they, too, will be overwhelmed by their exposure to the Son!
God’s not as concerned about our ability as He is our availability. How are you using your influence to shine the light of Christ? In what areas could you expand your visibility and accessibility? Who can you invite to church?
I praise You, Jesus! You are all I need, the source of all hope and joy. Please use me to make a difference by shining Your light in the lives of those still living in darkness. Amen!