“Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:15-16.
In the beginning when God created the earth, it was all darkness. What did God do to get rid of the darkness? He created light – two in fact, the sun to rule the day and the moon by night. We all know that the moon has no light of its own, it just reflects the light of the sun. But they work together to dispel the darkness.
We cannot see light itself; we only see what it lights up. Dawn appears as the sun rises above the horizon dispelling the darkness of night. Flip the light switch in a dark room and the darkness disappears. One small flashlight can shed light on the darkest path.
Jesus said: “I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” John 8:12
Jesus is the light, and just as the moon reflects the light of the sun, so we reflect the light of Christ to a darkened world. He lights up our life, and that light is seen by those we meet each day. As a child of God, everything we do should reflect Christ. Our words, our deeds, our attitudes, and the way we live each day lets those around us know whose child we are. As they see Christ in us, He is glorified.
One sure way to become the light that the Lord wants us to be, is to stay immersed in His Word. Psalms 119:11 “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Taking time every day to read and meditate upon His Word, and to talk to the Lord in prayer, enables us to keep our light bright and shining.
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
One single candle
can chase away the darkness,
Just let your light shine.
Prayer: Jesus, we thank you for the light that you have given us, help us to reflect that light to a world in darkness today. Use us to draw others to You.
Devotion by Anne Johnston