by Zach Roll
Being Lights for God’s Glory
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“In the same way, 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 English Standard Version
Christmas time is probably my favorite time of the year. There is something about the sun going down early in the evening and the cold air that makes things seemingly slow down. You get to go inside and enjoy some coffee or hot chocolate, read a book or watch some Christmas classics. Another favorite of mine about this time of year is driving around looking at all the lights that people put up to celebrate the season. And of course, this is the time when Christians celebrate the birth of Christ. It’s not surprising that lights go up in the same season that we celebrate the birth of our Savior, He is the light of the world.
Christ also instructs His followers to be lights in the world, and this is not a one month occupation, this is a year round responsibility. This is not a burdensome calling, it is simply sharing the love that Christ has given us with other people. No matter the circumstances, we are to be joyful representatives of Christ. Notice that the verse does not say that we are to do good works so that others may marvel at how great of a human being we are, rather our good works, our light, are to point to the glory of our gracious Father in heaven who has bestowed upon us the greatest gift known to man.
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 English Standard Version
Let us not conceal and hide away this most beautiful gift, let us put our light on a stand for all to see. This gift that we have received through Christ has been offered to everybody, so let’s not keep it to ourselves. Amen.
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