“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14,16
If you turn on the news, watch a TV show or movie, read a book (fiction or non-fiction), even just sitting on a park bench or in a mall and watching people, you’ll see that we live in a dark world. It isn’t that all people are evil, but all people are born into sin (Ps. 51:5; Rom. 5:12; Rom. 3:23) and none of us are considered “good” by God’s standards (Rom. 3:10-12). No matter how hard we try, we will never be “good enough.” But that’s okay because God doesn’t need us to try to be good enough, He wants us to believe in His Son, Jesus, and allow Jesus’ sacrifice to wash away our sins. We will never be good enough, but Jesus is good enough and He died for us and was raised three days later so that we could have a second chance.
That’s why it’s so important that we be the light of the world. Jesus was that light when He walked the earth, but after He went back into heaven He left us His Holy Spirit so that we could be His hands and feet and be that light.
How can we be a light to the world? We have to learn to live differently than the rest of the world. And I’m not talking about what we watch or listen to or read because that’s between you and the Holy Spirit. I’m talking about how we treat others, how we handle situations in life, and if we are showing people the love of Christ.
- Are we volunteering our time?
- Are we persevering through trials with a good attitude?
- Are we treating people with love and kindness no matter how they treat us?
- Are we holding open doors, thanking people sincerely, complimenting others, thinking of someone besides ourselves?
- Are we going to trust God even if His plan is different from our own?
- Are we forgiving when someone hurts or upsets us?
- Are we slow to anger, quick to listen, and slow to speak?
- Are we acting like Jesus?
You see, we’re never going to be perfect, but if we strive every day to be more like Jesus, then we are being a light to the world. When you put the grocery cart back instead of putting it behind another car out of laziness, you are being Jesus. When you bless someone instead of cursing them when they cut you off on the highway, you are being Jesus. When you smile at someone in the grocery store even when you are miserable inside, you are being Jesus.
If we want to be the light Jesus calls us to be, we need to learn to let God change us from the inside out so that we can live like Jesus.
I pray that that is how I will live from now until the day I go to be with the Lord. I want people to see the light of Jesus in me and for me to one day look back on my life with no regrets knowing that I lived exactly how God wanted me to live, did what He called me to do, and that I was a good steward of everything He gave me. I pray the same things for you, too, dear reader!
May God bless you this week and pour out His blessings and favor on you!