by Pastor Mark Jordan
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NIV)
This is one of my favorite verses. I love the idea that we have light we can shine to point people to God. That last statement is critical to remember though, because we do not shine to point people to us, but to God. The reason this is, is because the light doesn’t belong to you in the first place.
In John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” In John 9:5, Jesus said, “While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” Jesus is still very much present in the world, but in the power of God’s Spirit, which dwells within all those who believe in him. He might not be in the world in flesh and bone as he was prior to the ascension, but his love and power is still very much at work. Today, his work and light shines through those who believe in him. He shares his light with you and me so we may shine it wherever we go, flooding the world with God light.
Have you heard the story of the statue at St. John Bosco Catholic Church? During a World War II bombing raid, a French village lost a beloved statue of Christ. The villagers painstakingly sifted through the rubble and managed to rebuild the statue, except for its hands. They searched and searched, but the pieces were never found. Finally, the villagers placed a plaque on the statue with the inscription, “I have no hands but yours.” Jesus wants you to use those hands to do good deeds for him, shining God light in the world. This isn’t to put the spotlight on you, though, but on God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for shining your light on me. May I use that light and shine it back out into the world so people may see how good you are. I pray this in the very name of the Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Amen.