Let Your Light Shine


“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it provides light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14 – 16)


Like a city on a hill, genuine Christianity can never be concealed or remain hidden. Those who have been reborn are no longer shackled by apathy and indifference. Instead, they are compelled to accomplish good works; powerful displays of affection, service, and selflessness that shine through the darkness of the surrounding culture. Openly displaying these charitable behaviors serves but one singular purpose; to bring glory and honor to God. This divine light draws those who are lost to The Lord, and many are converted and receive salvation.

Every evening without fail, the moon rises and a seemingly endless sea of stars fills the night sky. The northern lights splash around and the constellations are easily observed. And yet when the morning arrives, a single powerful star appears on high and shines with such ferocity that it overwhelms the atmosphere; causing the other stars to disappear; but they aren’t really gone; instead they are simply concealed amidst the suffocating rays of the sun; and thus, in its presence, every other bright thing becomes muted and obscured.

Like the Sun, Christians are called to shine so brightly that they are easily recognized by others. Amidst an ocean of indifference, our love must stand out. Having been filled up completely, God’s Holy Spirit will inevitably pour into the lives of those around us. When we serve others, when we practice generosity, and when we display affection for those who are lost, they will see God in us, and be drawn to Him. May we continue to shine brightly, and may God receive the glory and honor He so richly deserves.

“Lord Heavenly Father, we come before You and ask for more of Your Holy Spirit. Pour into us, that we might pour into others. Compel us to accomplish good works, to be charitable, and giving; knowing that Your love can transform anyone, no matter how far away they might’ve wandered. As we continue to evangelize, may our lives be a testament to the transforming power of Your Holy Spirit. We love You Father, we praise You, and we thank You, and we ask and pray all of these things, according to Your will, in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen.” God bless all of you!

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