Sermon on the Mount: Day 8

You Are the Light of the World

Read Matthew 5:14–16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
One of the most amazing truths in Scripture is that we—you—are the light of the world. Knowing the thoughts you sometimes have, the words you sometimes speak, and the actions you sometimes take, isn’t that a bit shocking? It’s true, though. You are the light of the world. Jesus isn’t speaking of the cleaned-up version of you. He’s speaking of you; you right now. Once you’ve put your faith in Jesus Christ, you are given the gift of the Holy Spirit. And the Spirit gives you all you need to act with kindness, serve those in need, speak truth with grace, and extend forgiveness. Do these things, Jesus says, and others will come to know and glorify God. 

  • Reflect on the places you go during a typical week. Where is there darkness and despair? What would it look like (consider a few tangible things you could do) for you to be light in those places?  
  • What are the things that get in the way of you reaching out to do good in the places of darkness and despair in the world?
  • What is God asking you to do this week to be a light in the darkness?

God, give me eyes to see the world through Your eyes. Give me ears to hear where You’re leading me. And may I be a light in this dark world today. Amen.

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