I Am Light to the World

Daily God Walk for Monday, October 31, 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. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16

 Have you ever had a flashlight put in a safe place where you can find it in an emergency and then when the emergency does come you reach for the flashlight and the batteries are dead? If you have then the point of our passage today is easy to grasp.

When we come to Christ a light is ignited inside us and that light is to light up the world around us. John 1:4 tells us, “In him was life, and that life was the light of men.” When we receive his life we become that light.

What is that light which shines forth from us? It is the Christ in us which is influencing our lives. As a light to the world our world view is different. The way we talk is different. The way we act is different. The way we think is different.  And Jesus is telling us the world should be seeing that light shining out from us.

The unfortunate reality is that many people who call themselves Christian do not have the light of Christ shining out from them. If we do business like the world, do all the same things the world does, think like the world and talk like the world then perhaps it is not the light of the Christ life which is shining out from us.

It is true that we do not receive Christ and His salvation through works, but it is also true, according to Christ, that when we have received Him we our good works will be a shining light testifying to the world the goodness of Father God.

In one way we are all lights shining out into the world. That is, the world is seeing our life as a reflection of who we are on the inside. My question is this: when the world sees your life, what do they see? Is it the Christ light shining, or is it the same old world light they see?

 Prayer: Lord, help me to let the Christ light shine from me.

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