Let Your Light Shine
In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus teaches about
the parable of the lamp under the basket, making the point: "Even
so, let your light shine before men; that they may see your good
works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 5:16
Jesus instructs us to allow our good
deeds to be seen by others so they might glorify God.
However, just after this passage, Jesus
speaks about prayer, saying "But you, when you pray, enter into
your inner chamber, and having shut your door, pray to your Father
who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you
openly." (Matthew 6:6 WEB)
In contrast to our good actions, Jesus
tells us to pray in private when we are praying by ourselves. Jesus
is not speaking about community prayer (praying with others); rather,
he is speaking about the hypocrisy of privately praying to God in
public in order to appear spiritual.
Whether or not we have faith should be
determined by our actions, as James explains, "Faith, if it has
no works, is dead in itself." (James 2:17 WEB)
Glorify God with Your Good Deeds
This week, remember to glorify God with
your actions and good deeds. Everyone is watching your actions, just
like you see theirs. Allow your godly actions to challenge their
faith to live like Christ and to glorify God.
Your life and your actions are the most
powerful testimony you could ever give. People don't care what you
believe, until they see you live what you believe. They will know
you're different, not by what you say, but by what you do.
As you live for Christ this week,
remember how Jesus lived in humility and obedience to God, saying,
"Not my will, but yours, be done." (Luke 22:42 WEB)
your light and goodness shine.
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