Today's Word of Encouragement
Thursday, June 04, 2020
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 (Matthew 5:14-16).
Like salt (v.13), light is essential to life. We cannot live without it. Very few things can live without it. There are many organisms that live in places where light does not reach, such as the depths of oceans or underground caves. However, most organisms require some input of solar energy into their food chain. Some of the effects of light include:
• It dispels darkness.
• It reveals objects and shows their form, nature, beauties, and deformities.
• It reflects off of objects to illuminate other objects.
• It is energy, that when focused, can be a catalyst for change.
As with salt, Jesus used light as a metaphor that achieves certain effects. Christians are a light set out in the open for the world to see. By their ministry and example they show what God requires of all people, what the condition of man truly is, what is the way of love, peace, and joy - the way that leads to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom.
The lives of true disciples of Christ cannot not be hid. The eyes of the world are upon them. Therefore they must be holy as God is holy, they must be righteous, and faithful servants of the Lord Jesus Christ. In this way people will recognize who Jesus is and embrace His gospel. What brings honor and glory to God is that His Kingdom increases with the souls who have been brought out of spiritual darkness into His marvelous light.
“Father, let the light of Your Son, Jesus Christ, continue to shine through me, reflecting His glory and majesty as the one true Lord and Savior of men. With all of the darkness of sin, false religion, false teachings, humanism, and worldliness, may the light of Your glory shine, dispelling that darkness and revealing the truth of Your Kingdom. Amen.”