DAY 17 – Being Light as God Intended | 21-Day Devotional on Jesus’ Beatitudes and Sermon on the Mount

Friday, February 17, 2023 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Being Light as God Intended  

[Text of the same lesson from the audio]

Matthew 5:14-15, You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.

For many of us who are not naturally outgoing, and even somewhat introverted, the concept of being a light to the world, goes opposite our nature.

But Jesus made it very clear that what He gave us was not only for us. The life, peace, and joy that we possess was designed by God to be shared. It is part of the purpose for which he created us. What we don't need to see is a show or any kind of a spiritual circus act–bringing glory to self, and not to God. There are many ways to let your light shine without treating it like a spotlight meant for performing.

Jesus said, "As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world" (John.9:5). When He said to His disciples, "You are the light of the world," it was a call to rearrange their priorities
to serve God's greater purpose. We always have our privacy, but we dishonor God by allowing our light to be hidden.

Jesus did not say, “You are the light of the Church.” He said, "You are the light of the world.”

Three purposes for your light:

1. God designed light to be seen
. This is why we hold public meetings, publish works, use social media, and more. Just because some people do things the wrong way, does not mean we should do nothing. That would dishonor Jesus. 

2. Light is a guide. In our world of bright lights, we could not imagine existing in darkness, living only by candlelight at night as people did for centuries. When we shine our light, we help people. When we do not allow our light to shine, we permit the hurt and pain of people to continue.

3. Light can be a warning. Just as light can show the way to good places, it can also provide advance warning of dangers ahead.

So let your light shine by making the best of the opportunities God has provided.

1. In what ways is your light, your good works, seen by others?
2. How is your life, as a light, guiding others?
3. In what ways does your life, as a light, help others avoid dangers?



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