|Good Morning Everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Personal Responsibility”
Our Bible verse for today: “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.” Mathew 5:16 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Let your light shine.”
In Matthew 5:16, as part of The Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught an important lesson about spiritual light. He said that we should make it a point to shine our light before others so they can see the good works God is doing in us and through us. That then will direct their thoughts to God.
When it comes to physical light, the more darkness there is the more effect the light has. If you have ever visited Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico you know that once your guide has led you deep inside the Cavern, he extinguishes the lights and you are engulfed in a deeper darkness than you have ever experienced before. Then he strikes a match and you are amazed at how much difference that little flicker of light makes in the middle of that deep darkness. Just a little light chases away a whole lot of darkness. That’s true spiritually too. A little bit of spiritual light chases away a whole lot of spiritual darkness. And the deeper the darkness is, the more impact the light has.
This is what Jesus meant. By “light” He was referring to the work of God in you and through you. He meant that because you have the Holy Spirit of God living in your heart, the fruit of the Spirit should be evident in your demeanor, in your words, and in your actions. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control should be evident in the words that you speak and in the things that you do.
One of the most powerful testimonies a Christian can have is to shine the light of Jesus during the deepest darkest moments. The worse the situation is, the more difference the light of Christ will make. That’s true first of all if it’s you who are experiencing the darkness in your own life, such as the loss of a loved one, or a serious illness, or a significant financial setback. Others will notice and be impressed by your strong faith and your good attitude during times of personal darkness.
It’s also true if you are entering into someone else’s darkness to offer them some companionship and comfort. Shining the light of Jesus in the middle of the darkness will brighten and lighten the situation for everyone.
As Christians we have been empowered by God to shine the light of Jesus in this world, and we have a responsibility to do so. So go out there today and shine the light.