There is a Spirit who brings a fire, Ignites a candle and makes His home. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. That is Jesus speaking to all followers: YOU are the light of the world. Let your light shine.
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And yet so many Christians are uncomfortable with the idea of letting their light shine. Some think it should only shine through our actions, as if others will somehow guess good deeds mean someone is a Christian. The truth is there are lots of nonChristian people who are probably much better good deed doers than some Christians. Random acts of kindness…a good practice, but Jesus is talking about more than that.
Some people think that words are the best expression of light. And yet we all have experienced the empty effect of slick speaking people who have more agenda than compassion.
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Some people think putting their lamp under the basket is the best method, as if being a follower of Jesus should be some sort of secret. We understand the discomfort of being honest and transparent about our faith. Others may feel offended or may judge us. Worse yet they may seek to isolate or persecute us. With such utter contempt. As if the Bible is all made up. But regardless of our circumstance, we are called to be people of faith who love. NOT people who intimidate others or badger them, but people of love, people of light. What is the point of being given a light if we are going to put it under a basket?
Will you make it a priority to let your light shine brightly today? L ove God with all your heart, mind, body and soul and with all your strength. Love your neighbor as yourself. L et your light so shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Jesus makes sure we make no mistake. Basically, we are to love with everything that is in us.
Loving God and loving others is our job description. Probably you know those who gave up on God because they lost a loved one, their health took a turn for the worst, they were betrayed by someone close to them, they felt unprotected. Maybe you experienced this at one time too.
Think you are immune to such idolatry? May God give you the grace not to sell yourself short. You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. We were born to manifest the glory of God that is within us.
And as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give other people the permission to do the same. And as we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. For those raised on original sin and total depravity, or for those who have lived in one kind of oppression or another, these words are liberating.
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And it is God we glorify. That is false piety. From the fourth century desert mothers and fathers comes a story. A monk traveled to see desert father, Abba Joseph, for spiritual advice. The monk was not satisfied with his spiritual life. He said to Abba Joseph: I try to live in peace and purify my thoughts. What else can I do? The story moves me. Is this what Moses experienced on Mt.
Or what Jesus experienced on the Mount of Transfiguration and his face shone like the sun? The world is not served by our playing small. Let your light shine. Your good works glorify God. Both as individuals and as a church. When you support 5 th Street Ministries you glorify God and let your light shine. When you work in the public sphere on behalf of the poor, forgotten, outcast and vulnerable you glorify God and let your light shine. When you gather to worship in song, prayers and Word of God you glorify God and let your light shine.
Let Your Light Shine
You are a people of justice and compassion, tolerance and openness. People are searching for a church community like you. Christian Standard Bible In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Contemporary English Version Make your light shine, so others will see the good you do and will praise your Father in heaven. Good News Translation In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven.
Holman Christian Standard Bible In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. International Standard Version In the same way, let your light shine before people in such a way that they will see your good actions and glorify your Father in heaven. New Heart English Bible Even so, let your light shine before people; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. Aramaic Bible in Plain English Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
Then they will see the good that you do and praise your Father in heaven. Jubilee Bible Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in the heavens. King James Bible Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. American King James Version Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.