Let Your Light Shine

Daily God Walk for Thursday, August 4, 2011

 You are the light of the world. A city 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. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.                – Matthew 5:14-16

 God has placed a light inside each one of us and that light is to influence the world for Christ. John writes, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it” (John 1:4-5).

It is the life of Christ, which is the light to the world, which the world needs to see through us. How does the light shine through us? Jesus seems to be telling us that our light shines through the good deeds we do.

Jesus speaks of a city on a hill whose light shines in all directions. He also speaks of a lamp being set on a stand so it will cast light on all who are near. Then he tells us that our light is shining in all directions when we are doing good deeds.

It is no accident that most of the hospitals in impoverished nations were built by Christian organizations. It is also true that most of the wells dug in rural areas of impoverished nations are dug by Christian organizations. Good deeds are the light of the Christian faith.

What about yourself. Are you actively involved in letting the light within you shine through being involved in community projects? We have a man in our ministry who was a drug addict for 35 years, then the light was ignited inside him. Now he volunteers at the senior center several days a week and he goes out evangelizing in the community, and does his light shine bright!

There are more opportunities for your light to shine than you will ever be able to take advantage of. I suggest you take your light out from under the bowl and let it shine. Shine for Jesus and you will get an inner glow that will warm your soul.

 Prayer: Dear Jesus, forgive me for hiding my light and give me the grace to let it shine through good works. In your name, amen.

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