“In the same way, let your light shine before men,
that they may see your good deeds
and praise your Father in heaven”
“You are the light of the world” Jesus taught His followers, and immediately went on to say that this light should be allowed to “shine before men.” He showed that a light is not supposed to be hidden, but is placed where it will best achieve its purpose of bringing light to the surrounding areas. And because He is the Light of the world Himself the light to which He is referring is His light shining in us and through us.
Firstly there is the light of His salvation. It is a salvation that has brought us out from the darkness of separation and death and into the love and light of eternal life with God. This should count for something in our lives and have an effect on our attitudes and appearance.
Secondly, and because we have a restored relationship with God, and the Holy Spirit within us, our approach to life and the way we live it should be noticeably different. This ought to be particularly apparent in our personal, social and business dealings. After all we are living now as the children of God and seeking to acknowledge and honour Him in every aspect of our lives.
Thirdly our relationships with everyone around us should develop a new gentleness, encouragement and concern. As we are increasingly touched, healed and blessed by the love of God that love must begin to overflow from us – rather like a sponge saturated with water leaks it out if moved. The fact that we may not be fully there yet is no reason not to begin living out the new life from where we are.
It is important to note that the Lord did not tell us to ‘make’ our light shine but to ‘let’ it shine. In other words the light of Christ is within us and we must not hide it but allow it to shine through us.
Examine the sermon of your living, and make some adjustments.
Holy Spirit, please continue pouring the love of God into my heart, and help me to pour it out wherever I am and whatever I am doing. Amen.