As Christians, there are words, Bible verses, psalms, personal prayers, and benedictions we profess every time we attend church services. There are songs and hymns we sing, that literally “shout a battle cry,” announcing to all listening that we have relinquished our love and life to God Almighty. And yet, if you didn't tell anyone that you were a Christian, would they be able to tell from your current life? You know. —The life you live when you are away from your church. Could they tell by the way you treat others or interact with strangers? What about the way you conduct yourself at work? Is God's excellence shown forth in your daily routine or is it lacking?
Today’s verse states that your Light should shine before men so that all those who interact with you may see God at work in your life.
So, if you maintain a grumbling spirit and tend to be pessimistic in every aspect of your life, yet you really believe that you are a beloved child of the Most High God; then, remember this. Sometimes, the only reflection of God that another person may ever see —is YOU. And, unbeknownst to you, many times, it will be your only opportunity to introduce them to God’s Love, Mercy, Grace, and Forgiveness. This has nothing to do with “preaching” or even sharing the Gospel of Jesus. It has to do with your life actually exhibiting what you profess.
Our life is our own personal and reasonable sacrifice to God. It exhibits everything that we believe we "know" or have learned about Him. Once we believe that we are Children of the Most High God, it tempers how we act and what we say. It tempers the things we do and the things we don't. It controls the quality of what we expect from life, from ourselves, and from others. —It even reflects what we expect from God.
Yes, your life and personal Light must glorify God; it ultimately emits a Light frequency that quietly speaks volumes about your true feelings concerning His omnipotence over your life. It unconsciously reflects your understanding of God’s Love in your life —whether you fully acknowledge it or not.
The question prompted by today’s verse is a highly personal one; it asks you to truly reflect on your demeanor and outlook as viewed through the eyes of others. —Are you a beacon of God’s Light in this world, or are you barely, a dimly lit spark?
Study Reference: John 17:4, Matthew 5:14-16
From: " Your Thoughts: Set Apart II” In The Master's Hands: 365 Daily Devotions for Everyday Living.
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