Let Your Light Shine (365 Days of Daring Faith – DAY 76)
Matthew 5:16 (NLT)
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
Let your light shine isn’t just a song we sing in Sunday School. It is a way to live out our Christian faith and reflect the love of God to the world. God has not called us to save anybody, but to point everyone we meet in the direction of the One who can save them.
You can sow seeds not only with words, but more so with your actions and attitude. How do you treat people? Are you a genuine friend? Are you approachable? Do people feel that you care about them and love them for who they are? Jesus said He wants our good deeds to shine out for the world to see, not necessarily our words.
You’ve heard the saying that actions speak louder than words. That is true. Shining our light wherever we are is more powerful than noise. Without having to confront people or argue with them over beliefs and doctrine, they will notice something different about your life. You and I are to live a life that shines the love and grace of Jesus Christ into the darkest corners of the earth. We can do this wherever we are in the world.
If you are talking with God, listening to God, and walking with God, it should be reflected in your attitude. You should respond differently to difficult situations. Your work ethic and level of thinking will be different from the rest. It is this difference that Jesus makes in our hearts that will cause people to ask about your faith. And when people are brought to Jesus through your life’s witness, God is glorified.
“Jesus himself did not try to convert the two thieves on the cross; he waited until one of them turned to him.”
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer