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Let Your Light Shine

She walks out into the world around her and feels the darkness closing in on her. She brings to her mind God’s word “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5: 14 and 16, NKJV) What does it mean to let my light shine she wonders. What does that look like in Your eyes Father?

She gets into her vehicle and drives to the drive through to get a tea for the day. Before she makes it, a truck pulls in rather quickly from the other entrance. Perhaps this is letting her light shine. She lets the fellow go ahead of her, since he looks to be in a hurry. After he goes, she pulls up to the window to pay for her drink. She finds out that due to her kindness, the gentleman in the truck ahead of her had paid for her drink. She makes it through the drive through and while on her drive she thinks…Who am I, that I should deserve an act of kindness, to be shown worthy of a gift? That man thinks he gave her a tea…$1.49. Really he gave her more than that. Tears slid down her face and she gave thanks to God above. She knew that this was a “God wink.”

“…How much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him (Matthew 7:11 NKJV).” My dear brother and sister, our Father has given us a truly beautiful gift. His gift goes far beyond what any man could ever do. We were dead to sin, no hope of a spiritual life, no hope of eternal life, no hope of heaven. “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:4-7 NKJV).”

What should we do with this gift that has so freely, so lovingly and so graciously been given to us? The scripture that comes to my mind, one that my mother instilled in me as a child, is this: “Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 7:12 NKJV), also known as the “Golden Rule.” In a world that is hurting, in a world that is dark and broken, let us choose: love, compassion, understanding, patience and peace. Let us rejoice with one another in the good times and weep with one another in the hard times. Let us show acts of kindness that to us might seem simple, but really means so much more than that individual realizes.

There is a song that comes to my mind that is sung by the musical group Casting Crown. The title of the song is “The Bridge.”

The world’s getting darker by the day

I’m on my knees but don’t know what to pray

The broken things that broken people do

But knowing just how far You came for me

Gives me hope for every soul I meet

There’s no one so far gone that You can’t reach

So reach through me

Let them see, Lord, let them see

Your love is the bridge

You built with a cross

And Your truth is the light

That searches for the lost

Your grace won’t stop reaching

Your mercy won’t let go

‘Cause Your love is the bridge

And Your truth leads us home, oh

You lead us home, oh

My dear brothers and sisters, my prayer for us is that God would strengthen us with His perfect love, so that we have strength to go out and love. To love when it is easy and to love when it is hard. Love is not an easy task, but it is one worth doing and doing well! “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 heaven (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV).”

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