Let It Shine
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~Matthew 5:16
Every Christian is called to be a bright and shining witness for the Lord Jesus. As a witness, we are to allow the light of our life to shine so that those who are in darkness because of sin can come to the Lord. Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
There is the radiance of light.
“Let your light so shine before men.” Light brightens darkness. Light shows the way. Darkness blinds the path of men. It prohibits them from seeing the danger that lurks ahead. The radiance of light gives illumination to the people who are in darkness. Jesus said, “The people which sat in darkness saw great light.” Radiance turns night into day. Let your light shine brightly!
There is the responsibility of the light.
Christians are the light of the world. Paul said, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.” Light must shine. Light is necessary to help men see the hope that is found in Jesus instead of the darkness of sin. Every Christian is a light where God has placed him. Our light is the good works that should be continuously visible in our life. Don’t let your light be hidden. Don’t let your light be under a bushel!
There is the rejoicing from the light.
Our light leads men to Jesus for eternal life! Our light can change a neighborhood, a city, and a nation. Our light can brighten homes that have been darkened by sin. Our light should not be restricted to just one location. Wherever we go, our light can make a difference. Our light glorifies God when it brightly shines!
On the coast of Norway is a lighthouse where a keeper lived with his two children. One day, he went to the distant shore for provisions. A storm arose, and he was unable to return. The time for lighting the lamp came, and Mary, the elder child, said to her little brother, "We must light the lamp, Willie." "How can we?" asked Willie, "We ain't big enough." But the two children climbed the long, narrow stairs to the tower, where the lamp was kept. Mary pulled up a chair and tried to reach the lamp in the great reflector; it was too high. Groping down the stairs, she ascended again with a small oil lamp in her hand. "I can hold this up," she said to her little brother. She climbed on the chair again, but the reflector was still just beyond her reach. "Get down," said Willie, "I know what we can do." She jumped down, and he stretched his little body across the chair. "Stand on me," he said. She stood on the little fellow as he lay across the chair. She raised the lamp high, and its light shone far out across the water. Holding it first with one hand, then with the other to rest her little arm, she called down to her brother, "Does it hurt you, Willie?" "Of course it hurts," he called back, "But keep the light burning." Are we keeping the light of God's love burning in the world even though it hurts? Are we holding it up so that all nations may see its beams afar? [The S. S. Banner]
Have a brightly lit God Morning!
Bible Reading Schedule: Exodus 25-27