“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 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

What does it mean to shine and how can we shine as children of God? Throughout the New Testament, the followers of Jesus are called to be lights in the darkness. Jesus is called “the true light, which gives light to everyone” (John 1:9).

  • Be counter-cultural: While others are chasing after physical pleasures and selfish gain, we’re commanded to live a different way.
  • Be a light to the people around you: Take time to interact with people and cultivate relationships.
  • Always pointing back to the light source: Our goal should never be to bring recognition to ourselves, but to bring glory to God.

His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds. When people see our changed lives so that we have Jesus’ values and see the power of God at work in us, they will agree that we do have a great Savior.

Shine Where You Are

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