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 gives 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
~ Matthew 5:14-16
As christians, we are called to be witnesses of God's love and grace to a
world that is lost and dying. It's not always easy to follow Him, though. To
stand up and say that you are a christian means that you will get mocked and
ridiculed, that people won't take you seriously anymore, or that they'll write
you off as a crazy religious right-wing extremist. It takes courage to let
God's light shine through you so that those around you are drawn to Him.
God's Spirit in you shines brightly, and is evident in the darkness around us.
Living a life that glorifies Him automatically calls you to be different from
the world, and that's when we need to turn to Him for strength. It means
standing up for what's right when those around you are willing to compromise.
It means living your life as if every day was Sunday. It means that the
person you are at church is the person you are at home and at work. It means
that you do your work for the Lord and not your boss, because God is your
authority. And it's something that can only be done through the power of His
Holy Spirit, which is available to you for the asking.
Let the light of God shine through you to a world that lies in darkness -
follow Him, surrender to Him, let all those who see you see the light of God
living in you....and they will be drawn to Him.
Dear Lord, be with me today as I surrender to You yet again. Fill me with
Your Spirit, help me to live my life for You in all that I do. Strengthen me
to do what is right, Lord, not what is easy. Shine Your light through the
cracks in my life so that all who see me know that You live inside me, and
that You are the source of all that is good within me. Let the darkness
around me be filled with the light of Your love, and let those who see it be
drawn to You today.
In Jesus' name,