16 “Now no one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light. NASB
Light has fascinating properties. In the proper application, it can cut thru steel, melt objects, start fires and entertain us. We use it primarily to illuminate our homes and to guide us through the dark of the night.
The illustration in this scripture serves the same purpose, to illuminate the Gospel message. Jesus is asking us to let His light shine as His disciples through our lives. There are many simple ways we can do this. Our congregation had a booth at our communities local fall festival. There were many disciples letting their light shine. Brochures were folded, tents put up, tents taken down, preparations made so that our light for Jesus shined as brightly as the sun in our community. Hours were spent in the booth handing out Bibles, pamphlets, CDs and devotional books. Disciples put themselves out there for everyone to see, saying, by their actions, I am a disciple of Jesus and I want to share the purpose and joy I have found in my life by following Him. It takes courage, focus and purpose to place yourself in that vulnerable position allowing everyone to see who you really are and to whom you belong.
There are many ways we let our light shine for God every day, conversations at work, a passing remark standing in the grocery check-out, a smile to the one serving you food at a restaurant, helping someone who cannot help you, being kind and honest in all our dealings and relationships. All these interactions show everyone around us who we are and to whom we belong.
The sum of our actions shows that we are growing and practicing each day to be like Jesus so that God is glorified in our lives by our interaction and relationships with others. Our attractive behavior brings others to the Light like moths to a bright light bulb in the summer.
Let God’s light shine!
How could you let your light shine today?