Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Jesus said, “Let our light shine before men, that they may see your good works.” (Matthew 5:16) Notice that they must see light before they will ever notice any good that we have. The first step is ours. But the message here is that if we’ll turn the light on, God will take care of the rest and make sure his goodness is seen in our lives.
Remember, God’s light is a most powerful and effective tool and we have all Christians have his light in them. Felix Adler, a noted Jewish lecturer, said it this way, “The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches in the dark streets of life for men to see by. The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world, himself a light. “
We cannot escape our Lord’s words in Matthew 5:16: let your light shine so that others may see your good works. What we do demonstrates the truth of what we say. Christianity is a religion of words as well as works – we tell people about our faith, we study the Scriptures and spend time in prayer. However, words alone are not enough.
Look at James 2:14: What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him?
If our words are not demonstrated by our actions, is there any validity to our claim? When we tell people the truth about out love for Jesus, but we proceed to live as though there were no God, what will they think of our words? When the world sees people who put their faith into action, it gives validity to our words. The result in our lives is obedience and growth, bringing glory to God.
So let me ask you... Does your light shine for Jesus?