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Matthew 5:14-15 reads, “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.”
Some may read passages such as this one and think that we need to do good deeds in order to be closer to God. But this passage (as well as many others) are sharing a different principle. Because we are Christians and already are close to God, we have the opportunity to be light in the lives of others. As Christ has been light to us, so we get to reflect that same light into the lives of others.
At the same time, we may try to hide the light of Christ out of fear of what others will think about us. We may not want to speak up about something wrong and instead decide to go along with the crowd. Or we may opt to not share the light with others because we’re afraid of what they may think.
Admittedly, balancing out when to speak, when to listen, and how to speak hard truths in a graceful way has it’s challenges. But as our constant guide, Jesus will light the way forward.
READING & JOURNALING:
What are at least 5 ways you recognize that you already are the light of the world?
In what ways does this encourage and empower you to be light to others today? Be specific.
Heavenly Father, I confess there are days in which I don’t feel like I’m the light of the world. Today, I’m simply thankful for the reminder that whatever my circumstances may be, You see me as the Light of the World, and truths such as this empower me to continue growing into the person You have made me to be. Thank you! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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