Let Your Light Shine
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
It is a dreary afternoon as I write this devotion. Sometimes, the weather can make us feel the same way inside. I encourage you to let your light shine in all of your daily tasks and activities. Let the people you come in contact with see the love of Jesus shine through your words and actions. It’s a light given to you by Christ! Because we are the redeemed children of God, we have the blessing of letting the light shine in everything we do.
As sinners, we grow self-centered and want to be inward focused. That can be very dark. We strive to look out only for ourselves. Jesus went to the cross to redeem us from our sins and make us outward and upward focused. The washing of rebirth and renewal each day makes us focus not on ourselves, but on the people God has put in our lives. The light we receive is the light we give. In the washing of rebirth and renewal given in Baptism we daily die to self and live in Christ for God and neighbor.
The One who has saved us gets the glory. Who are those neighbors we live to serve? Is it the preschooler who needs their shoes tied? Is it the middle schooler who needs someone to listen? Maybe it is a retired church member who needs a friend to smile at them and offer five or ten minutes for conversation.
Because we are dearly loved children of God, let others see our good deeds and praise God for our love of Jesus…give all glory to God!
Focus on the Word. Be mindful of your Wellness. Witness to those around you. May God be your light as you shine the light! Find strength and comfort each day.
Serving the Master Teacher,