Let Your Light Shine!
“Make your light shine, so that others will see the good that you do and will praise your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (CEV)
When Jesus said in Matthew 5:16 “make your light shine,” what was he teaching us? What does it mean to “be the light?”
Being a light to others means doing your best to live each day on purpose and in a way pleasing to God. It means showing kindness and compassion to others and yourself. It’s about looking for opportunities to be more like Jesus, to lift others up, and to do the right thing. It also means making a mindful effort to make your light shine brighter and help others discover their light.
Simply put, God is light (1 John 1:5). And given that He sent the Holy Spirit to live within His believers, so are we – if we follow his example. Amen?
Most of us know someone who makes the room light up when they enter and makes everyone feel comfortable. Their very presence is like a warm hug and a ray of sunshine on your face. You’re always happy when you’re around them and you feel blessed when you leave.
The interesting thing about people who are such a joy to be around is that they all seem to have similar traits. Let’s take a look deeper at those individual traits and see how we can focus on the areas we may need to develop more. As all of us have the ability to be the light for others.
Attitude of Gratitude
Gratitude is a powerful way to live and show the light within us. It can change us and our circumstances in ways that are nothing short of miraculous. Consider this – if we always complain, or play the victim, what does that say about us? Sure, we all have tough times and it’s okay to admit when we’re struggling, but we should always keep our attitude as positive and grateful as possible (Philippians 2:14). Even in the most difficult circumstances.
How do we do this? Start a gratitude journal thanking God daily for the blessings He has given. There is always something to be grateful for.
Respect for Everyone
The highest value of the Christian faith is love. That means treating others with respect (1 Peter 2:17), and valuing their opinions. We treat them like we want to be treated even when sometimes it’s difficult to do so.
How do we do this? Acknowledge and be aware of our own shortcomings and sinful natures. Remember we are no better than anyone else.
Empathy for Others
A person who exudes gratitude and is a light for others truly cares for the people around them. Their focus is on encouraging and supporting their brothers and sisters to know God and understanding their worth in His eyes. Empathy doesn’t necessarily mean agreeing with what the people around you are doing. It means to understand why it is happening and then helping the person to live a better life. This is our calling as believers in Christ.
How do we do this? Seek God’s word in how He wants us to love others, then pray for His guidance in whom to comfort.
Encouraging Words have Power
Words have lasting impact! They can literally change someone’s life. Our words can tear down, or they can inspire and teach. They can promote life or death, victory or defeat, insecurity or confidence, weakness or strength, trust or doubt (Ephesians 4:29). Words have power when you share your light to others, use your words wisely and encourage others.
How do we do this? Everyone has natural gifts and talents so encourage someone today by recognizing their individual strengths or gifts
A person who exudes joy from within loves God, themselves, and the people around them. Their focus is on God! They understand the depths of God’s love and the grace He continually pours out for us. Joy from within comes from embracing that love and living life in awe and admiration.
How do we do this? Immerse yourself in God’s word to understand the love He has for you! Take time out to understand God’s Grace.
Let’s strengthen areas in our life so we can share our light for others around us.
One of the most surprising gifts of shining your light is that your family, friends and community will want that light to shine also in them. Be the light and live out your faith with your full heart and spirit. AMEN!
May God continuously lead your path.