Our scripture this week is Matthew 5:13-20.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16

We have learned that Jesus is “the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it” (John 1:4-5). Now Jesus is telling us we are the light of the world. What an amazing blessing and an awesome responsibility!

Jesus teaches us using the example of a lamp being lit up in a house of that time shining to give light everywhere. Today He might speak of the lamp in the dark corner of our living room being turned on. In either case, He tells us that as the light shines everywhere in the house (or our living room) we must shine with His light in the dark corners of the world.

In both of these examples, the lamp must be lit before it can shine. In the same way we must be “lit up” by our faith in order to go reflect the light of the Lord to everyone. Jesus wants to give us all that spark so we can be ignited and shine for Him.

Loving Lord, we are humbled that You choose us to share Your light with our brothers and sisters. Help us to be a bright spot in a dark world, showing the joy You have for us all. Amen.

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