October 11, 2013

Shining Bright

Matthew 5:14-16

“Let your light shine before others, that they may see your

good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
—Matthew 5:16


Eleanor Roosevelt once suggested that it’s more important to light a candle than to curse the darkness.

Unfortunately, many people think of Christians as people who curse the darkness. And there is some truth to that. As Christians, we are sometimes known more for what we oppose rather than for being shining models of truth, love, and righteousness.

Jesus calls us to be light in a sin-darkened world. We are light when we live all of life in the way God calls us to live. We are light when we treat our clients with integrity, and when we treat bullies with kindness (though without letting them get their way). We live as light when we represent a cause that may not be popular but is right. In fact, Jesus explains that it is impossible for Christians not to be light. We are either his followers—his light—or we are not. A candle under a bowl goes out. A city on a hill lights the countryside. Authentic Christians radiate righteousness, truth, and grace.

Of course, this light does not come from within ourselves. We are the light of the world only to the extent that Jesus, the true light of the world, lives in us. When we were lost in darkness, Jesus came to us, full of grace and truth, and drew us into his light. How will you shine the light of Jesus into your world today?

Jesus, light of the world, your glorious light shattered the gloom of this world and offered hope! May our lives reflect the brightness of your grace. Help us to live as light in this world. Amen.

About the author — Rob Toornstra

Rob Toornstra has served as pastor of Sunnyslope Christian Reformed Church in Salem, Oregon, since 2006. When not busy with pastoral duties, he enjoys spending time with his wife, Amy, and their three children.

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