Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Light’s most distinct characteristic is the fact that it overcomes darkness. When Jesus asked us to let our light shine before men, He meant that we must eliminate or overshadow all dark places. Light is what gives people vision. Without light, it would be difficult for us to make out objects. Light’s importance to the world cannot be overemphasized. As the scripture reveals, the purpose of letting our light shine before men is so that they will glorify our Father. Letting our light shine isn’t for us to show off. It is not for us to take the glory. How can we let our light shine?
Love Is the Brightest Light
John 13:35 KJV by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples if ye have love one to another.
The sign of being Jesus’ disciple is the love you show towards people. The fact that God is love should be evidence that love is the greatest thing you can give someone. We are required to love others regardless of their faults and what they have done against us. In a world full of hatred, the love that we extend to people is what can cause a change.
Show Light By Excelling
Colossians 3:23 And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
In order to be a light of the world, you have to do whatever task you find as though you’re doing it for God. No matter who employed you, no matter who pays you, do it as though you’re doing it for God. When you are conscious of the fact that you’re working for the King of Kings, you are very likely to apply diligence to all your efforts. Diligence is eventually going to birth excellence and through excellence, your light will shine.
Show Light by Forgiving
Forgiveness is extremely important in our relationship with our fellow humans. No two humans are the same. Sometimes our different backgrounds and characteristics can cause us to step on the toes of one another. Our likelihood to offend and be offended necessitates the practice of forgiveness. Jesus Christ was forgiveness personified. The world would’ve had fewer wars and battles between nations if forgiveness was a habit.
Show Light by Giving.
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7
God expects us to give cheerfully not only to the church but to those in need. You never know how far your generosity might go in saving someone. Being generous is one way we can touch lives and become lights in this world.
Letting your light shine isn’t an option. It is your responsibility as a Christian. What is the purpose of a lamp with dim light?