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May 9, 2019

The Light of the World

“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14)

The ancient world was quite different from our modern one. We use lights all the time to turn night to day. In Jesus’ world night fall stopped normal activity. Artificial light was somewhat rare and quite expensive. It was not to be wasted, but used to full advantage. 

Even today, light exposes what is hidden by darkness. Time Magazine reported in its March 2010 issue that “most evil deeds are done under cover of darkness.” Things hidden in the dark are can be dangerous, but when the light is applied, the fear is gone and the danger exposed. That is why cities go to great expense to light the night. It adds security and safety to our streets.

So it is with Jesus’ disciples. In our world there is great uncertainty and danger. Can we have courage in the face of the future? As Jesus’ followers, we show the truth about life. We do not need to be afraid and have no fear of what is ahead. We can bring safety and security into a world that terrorism and economic uncertainty cannot take away. 

We remind people that there is more to life than a few short years on the earth. We show the value of making eternal investments and have the hope of a better life after the journey of death. When the world fears death, we know that we have the light of eternal life. As Jesus’ disciples, God has set us as lights to point the way to the safety and security of His kingdom.

Along with this verse, Jesus gives directions. “Let your light shine before men that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven” (Matthew 5:16). Our good deeds will bring light to a dark world. Don’t forget, good will prevail. Let’s shine!

Question: Do my good deeds shine out for my Heavenly Father?

Challenge: Shine for Jesus!

Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me bring Your light into dark places. Show me the good to do in the darkness.

Dude Garrett, Chapel Leader -- Fargo-Moorhead Redhawks

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