February 4

Matthew 5:13-16

“You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” vss. 14, 16

There is a power in these words from Jesus that goes beyond human understanding, and we can only begin to grasp their significance as we realize that Jesus is talking about the light that exploded into the world in God’s act of creation. That same light that was present in the beginning and that shone brightly in Jesus now shines in his chosen ones. And we are commanded to let it shine! This light is different from what we see in the sun. Instead of lighting up the sky it lights up our eyes and is seen most clearly in our words and deeds. It roots out falsehoods, searches out lies, and exposes the ugliness of human greed. This little light of ours brings hope to those in darkness, love to those abused, and kindness to every hurting soul. It’s not a set of rules or doctrines–it’s not a new law. Rather it’s the power that changes lives and that flows directly from the heart of God. Humans have done all they can to hide or even extinguish the light, but its laser-like qualities keep it shining, and we are blessed when it shines even through us. Oh what a privilege it is to be the people of light. We are the hope of the world.

Thought for the Day: Why would anyone want to hide the light?

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