Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
“The disciples are lights in the world, not calling attention to themselves but pointing the way of God. They obtain their light from the One who is the Light of the world. This visibility and service is expressed by Jesus in two illustrations: the city on the mountain and the candle placed on the lampstand. The light dispels darkness simply by being present. As one has said, ‘It does little good to curse the darkness; one should light a candle.’ And the motive is to illuminate the way of God for others, that by seeing our good works they may glorify God.” (Stuart Briscoe, The Preacher’s Commentary)
When I consider my story in Christ, it’s through individuals that I experienced God’s love and power and my life was changed. We are called to be influencers for Christ, to shine His light, reveal His love and illuminate God’s way for others. This is an amazing purpose and a calling!
Think of someone who has influenced you for Christ. What are some ways they illuminated God’s way for you? Would you be that person for someone else?
Pray: Father, use us for your glory. May our lives illuminate God’s way for others around us. In Jesus Name, Amen.