We often blame someone or something else for the corruption that we see in the world. But Jesus declared that we are the salt of the earth and the light of the world! The purpose of salt is to preserve things, and the purpose of light is to illuminate darkness.
Where this command is found:
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
A critical component of light is energy. If there was nothing energizing the light, there would be no light. The command of Christ, Let Your Light Shine, is exactly the same way.
Christ says that we as believers are the “light of the world.” But, without Christ being the very source of our life, we will not have the ability to shine His light. This is why being diligent to take time developing a personal relationship with the Lord is so vital. God not only becomes the very source of our life, He also displays His life through us. It is this life that shines His light for others to see, drawing them to Himself.
The opposite is also true. Trying to imitate God’s light without Him as the very source of that light is actually a counterfeit. This is a facade and will not stand the test of time. It is only by abiding in the light, as He is in light, that we are able to be the light.
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Does our behavior determine our identity? Or does our identity determine our behavior? Ephesians 5:8 says that we were darkness, but now we are light!
One of the most important aspects of letting our light shine before men is this: in order to be light, we need to first be filled with light. Consider a lamp in the Bible times – in order to give light, it needed to first be filled with oil.
Missionary C.T. Studd wisely stated, “The light that shines farthest shines brightest nearest home.” The light that shines in our public life will be greatly determined by whether or not our light is shining in our private life. Can those in your home testify to seeing the light of Jesus in you?