“Let Your Light Shine”

In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[b]they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:16

Recently, while going through some old boxes, I found a package of “glow sticks.”

These are those liquid filled plastic tubes you open, break a tube inside, and then it glows for several hours.

Just taking it out of the package does nothing. Shaking it up does nothing. To get the “glow,” you have to break the vial inside.

A lot of folks are familiar with the verse above, but not the context.

In the previous verses, Jesus tells His listeners they are going to go through some very difficult times. They will be persecuted and treated in an evil fashion – because of their faith in Him.

It’s in those times Christ says our light is to shine. This means our faith in Him should be evident.

It’s easy to let our light shine when things are going well, but how do we do when the going is rough? How do we respond when we are treated with contempt for the sake of Christ? Does our light shine bright in those circumstances?

Just like those glow sticks, the way we respond when we are broken is a testimony to the world about our relationship with Christ.

My prayer this week is for each of us to let our light shine in those difficult times.

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