“You are the light of the world.
… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14, 16
Today is the first Sunday in Advent; the season leading up to Christmas Day when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Advent is a time of renewal and preparation; a time to emphasize and remember the true meaning of Christmas.
As the first Advent candle was lit today in our church service, we were reminded that Jesus is the light of the world and His birth brought light (hope, salvation) into the world.
In Matthew 5 Jesus says that we, His children, are the light of the world. As Christ’s followers we have received the light that He brought, and in turn, we must let it shine through in all we do. Jesus instructs in verses 14, 15, and 16 that we are not to hide our light or dim it in any way, but we are to let it SHINE. Why? So that others will see the good deeds that we do and will praise the Father.
Our light is our witness to the world. So during this Advent season and all year long let’s be that witness for Jesus that shares the good news with others. Let our actions and words show His love and compassion and let others know that Jesus came for them too; that His salvation is for everyone!
Let’s let our lights shine, shine, shine!