You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your father who is in heaven.
I remember being a small child, protesting bedtime with all of my being, simply because I was terrified of the dark. It wasn’t exactly the darkness that threatened me. I knew the darkness itself couldn’t gobble me up, but I was certain there was something lurking just out of sight. The same room only moments before felt perfectly safe with the lights on.
Being a parent now myself, I’ve found a magical remedy to this fear my kids have inherited. A tiny flashlight just beside my son’s bed helps him slay the dragons of the dark. Twinkle lights tucked in the corner of my daughter’s room help ward off any threat and keep her safe. The thing about lights, though… we have to be sure to turn them on. Batteries charged, bulbs intact, ‘on’ buttons engaged, and pointed towards the dark. They don’t do much good otherwise.
The same is true of the light inside you and me. As Jesus stood atop a mountain, preaching to his disciples and the crowd that had gathered, he challenged them to be luminous in the dark places. If you have said ‘yes’ to Jesus, you ARE the light. If we let our light shine, we bring hope to the hopeless. If we let our light shine, we dispel the darkness around us and we bring fame and glory to God himself.
There is sin, sadness, and scary stuff in this broken world. We can’t chase the shadows or capture the darkness to bury it away, but we can allow ourselves to be light. We can point ourselves towards the darkness and let hope and God’s glory pour out of us to fill the those spaces.
Thought for Today: Are you hiding your lamp under basket or putting it on a stand? Are there any dark places around you where your light needs be seen?
Today’s Prayer: God, thank you for bringing light to darkness. Let me be bold and brave in the way I let your light shine through me. Amen.
The last few weeks, we’ve challenged everyone to use God’s plan for their money. That means that we give first, save second, and live on the rest. We know that taking the step of giving can cause a number of hesitations, but we’d love to help you try it. If the idea of giving to the church is new to you, you’re invited to take that step by joining the 90-Day Tithe Challenge. Click here to learn more.