Let Your Light Shine!

This is a serious command from our Savior. Every one of His followers should strive to fulfill it.

We all know the relief we experience when after a long period of clouds and rain the sun suddenly pierces the grey mist and gradually dispels the overcast skies with its glorious beauty. All of nature again basks in its golden rays, and the pleasure of living is wonderfully increased. Yet there is an even more powerful, life-altering kind of sun, our dear Lord Jesus Christ. Those to whom He graciously reveals Himself, and this He does only for those who express a true desire for His presence, are bathed in His glorious light. Only then can people shine as Jesus wants them to. What a great responsibility we have as children of God to provide this evidence of God’s light!

The world is looking for more than artful and copiously dispensed words from Christ followers: it is looking for a real power. That will be hard to do if we are depending on our own strength. In fact, we soon realize our complete inability to display God’s power in our own strength. Why then do we so often start by using our own wits and our own strength?

When the moon is in line with the sun’s rays, it simply reflects the light it receives without expending any energy of its own. This is exactly what happens when we receive the rays of God’s Son. It is completely nat- ural then to re-radiate the power of the light we have received. The reason so many people do not reflect God’s light is because they are not in line with His Son. Indeed, how could the moon reflect the light of its celestial counterpart if it were to hide from its view?

When we are not in constant connection with the Sun of Life there will be a noticeable effect upon our lives. Not even our best efforts and most strident will can make up for a deficient prayer life or laxity in meditating upon God’s Word. It is, after all, the faithful reading of the Scriptures that influences our thinking, speaking, and doing. If we hide from the light of God’s Word, its reflection will soon fade in us and the people around us will notice. When Christians no longer shine and become dark they are more of a hindrance to God’s work on earth than a help. May God help us!

May He give us the wisdom to speak only as the apostle Paul describes it: “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one” (Colossians 4:6), and “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8).

People generally think so little about the effect of their speech. In the heat of the moment, words are spoken quickly, carelessly, often producing harmful results. May we learn to think carefully before we speak so that what we say may truly glorify God. Our words and our deeds contribute to the light that we reflect.

Finally, let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, asking Him to make something beautiful out of us to His delight and for the blessed benefit of the people around us. It is my true desire to love the Lord with my whole heart, letting His light shine through me for His honor and sovereign purposes.

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