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Day 88 – Issue 37

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Be Still Know

READ: Matthew 5.14-16 NLT

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”

On the face of it, it seems really surprising that Jesus should be describing his followers as the light of the world. Surely that was his role. But Jesus was recognising that the only way in which people would see his light would be if his followers reflected his light into their communities. It is, therefore, our responsibility to find the most prominent place to put our light so that as many people as possible can see Jesus.

It is good that Christians should spend time together. We need the strength and encouragement of worshipping and sharing fellowship. But, at the same time, it is vital for us to be part of our communities in order to have opportunities to share the light of Christ. When our diaries are so full of church meetings that we have no time for anything or anyone else, something has gone desperately wrong.

How then will people see this light shining from our lives? Jesus says that it happens as people see our good deeds. We should never be looking for people’s praise and recognition for our actions, but as we get on with being Christians in daily life sharing compassion and practical help, the light shines. I have seen this happening time and again through Christians getting stuck into the work of food banks, street pastoring, homeless projects and neighbourhood befriending schemes to name but a few. It is important that our actions are complemented by talking about Jesus, but it is so often the actions that show that our message has credibility.

We all have very different opportunities to shine the light of Christ. Your unique network of relationships will enable you to bring the light to places which may not be reached by anyone else. So, however minor and insignificant your good deeds might seem to be, keep them up and thank God that his light will shine through you.

QUESTIONS: How has God enabled you to help others?

PRAYER: Dear Lord, help me to live in such a way that others will see your light. Amen

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