"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 5:16
Something unthinkable happened last week ... the light in my bathroom blew out. I know, so dramatic, but hear me out.
It's one of those flat-covered ceiling lights that I have no idea how to replace. And neither does anyone else around here 🤷♀️.
The bathroom has no windows, so it's completely dark without a light. Not dramatic, scary.
Unfortunately, I've been showering in the dark for the last week.
When the light first flickered out, I was afraid of the darkness. But I knew I had to take a shower in the dark anyway. So, I cracked the door open just enough to get a little light and keep out the cold air.
It's crazy that with just a little light, I was able to feel more comfortable and see clearly.
I love Matthew 5:14-16. It says, “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."
When you prepare for a job interview or business meeting, you typically will put on your best outfit to give a great first impression. You want to come across polished and prepared, and you want the people you are meeting with to know that you take the meeting seriously.
Your goal is to shine brightly before the people you are meeting with so you can get the job or business deal, right?
In the same way, scripture tells us to shine brightly before the world so that they will ultimately glorify God.
People will often take notice of what and how we say things, how we act, and how we think. Our lives should reflect the teachings of the Word of God so that when people watch us—and they will—they will see Christ in and through us.
God is calling us to be different. He wants us to literally be the light to a darkened world.
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world.
Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"
- John 8:12
For us to produce light, we must follow Jesus, the light.
Romans 12:2 tells us to not copy the customs and behaviors of the world. If we let Him, God will transform us into a new person by changing the way we think. This means He will change our thinking, actions, and words to be like His.
A mentor once told me that we become who we spend the most time with. In other words, we develop similar characteristics, behaviors, and attitudes to the people we are around the most.
Who's influencing you?
We may not be perfect people, but as we spend more time with God and grow in our relationship with Him, we will be more like Him.
Our lives should reflect who we claim to be. No one likes a hypocrite, but everyone loves a bright person (pun intended).
Be what you preach.
And when you are, people will surely say, "I see the light," and come to know God for themselves. That should be your #lifegoals as the light of the world.
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You were born to do great things. Let your light shine.