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Let Your Light Shine! - Matthew 5:14-16


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Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

BlogFam, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!  This is an exciting instruction to me and I will admit that I am glad that Jesus said it!  All too often we take the low road in dimming our light so that we might appear to be humble or not so holy or even slightly embarrassed that we are connected to The Light.  Well, friends, as we continue our 40 day fast, I pray that you would ask the Lord for a revival of your light.  YOU are the light of the world!

In this text, Jesus offers a very clear example of how we are to shine.  Just as a town on a hill cannot be hidden and for the same reason people do not light a lamp and then hide it, you are to LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE! 

There are many reasons or should I say excuses I could list for why our fellow believers do not let their light shine but today, I choose not to focus our attention in that direction.  Today, I choose to encourage you to do as the Lord has commanded for you to do in the unique and special ways that only you can do.  Just as there are many reasons or excuses for why men and women, boys and girls do not let their light shine – there are many, if not more reasons why we should.  The number ONE reason is that Jesus told us to do so!

In Matthew 5, Jesus discloses our identity as being the light of the world and then he directs us to shine.  Light is a vital part of the DNA of all believers.  Light is who we are and we have become the light of the world because we follow The Light.  When we refuse to let our light shine, we are in effect denying a vital part of our identity as believers.  We are rejecting our connection to The Light.  We are also confusing those in our spheres of influence who just may be looking for a brighter way to live.  We are the light of the world.  My Friends, it is YOUR time to SHINE!  Now is not the time to hide or to cover up that which has been placed inside of you.  Now is not the time to deny yourself the joy of letting your light shine.  Now is the time to honor The Light by allowing The Light to radiate through you in every area of your life. 

Secondly, we do not simply allow our light to shine just for the sake of being seen or being acknowledged or gaining some kind of reward.  We are directed to let our light shine so that others may see our good deeds/works AND glorify God in heaven!  In other words, this is a part of our witness.  This is not just so that we can receive a plaque or get a standing ovation, but so that others may see our light and our life then becomes a way to draw others to Christ.  So, letting your light SHINE is not really about you, at all!  It is still ALL about The One who has placed the light inside of each of us who believe and who wants that light to be magnified through the work we do on behalf of the Kingdom.

My sistas and brothas, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE!  I know it sounds so simple and we make it so complicated for so many reasons and excuses that I already told you I was not getting into.  We just need to ask the Lord to revive our light and make our light a vital source of joy and inspiration to ourselves and to others for the glory of God.
Let us Pray…

Make it shine so bright
I have dimmed it too long
By the words and works I have
Said or done that were wrong
I ask you to forgive me
I know now that My light’s purpose
Is to glorify Thee
So Lord, revive my light
And You will shine in this world
Through me
Forever shining
So brightly
In the Name of The Light, we pray – AMEN.

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