“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 NIV
Today we went to the Christmas Eve service at our church. Besides Easter, that is one of my favorite services of the year. It was full of people, worshipping our Savior and celebrating His birth. As we lit candles and sang Christmas carols, I was reminded of something that I had learned before. We are the light of the world. People around us may not read the Bible, but they certainly read us. They see Christ in us. The amount of light they see will be dependent on how much we let it shine through us.
A few nights ago, one of my daughters woke up and came in my room. I turned on my closet light, so I could take her to the bathroom without waking up my husband. When I came back through to my bedroom, I shut the closet door, leaving the light on in case she had to go again. She climbed in my bed, snuggling next to me and went back to sleep. I, on the other hand, could not go back to sleep. The light from the closet, even with the door shut seemed to illuminate the whole room. It’s amazing what a small amount of light will do in complete darkness. The light in us, the glory of our Lord, shines in that same way. Our kindness and love can be a light in this world that may seem small to us, but as it shines it penetrates into the darkness. That light draws people in, leading them to the giver of light….Christ.
How can you be a light in your world?
Family and Friends– Even in our families we can be a light. As we serve them we are letting Christ shine through us. Making them a special breakfast, planning a special time together, or even leaving them a note of encouragement. Little things can make a big impact.
Community– There are many ways to serve in your community, whether through your local church, individually or through civic organizations. The important thing is to be a person who identify needs in your community and serves them with the light of Christ.
Lord, thank you that you have given us your light through Christ. Help us to be a light to those around us. Fill our hearts today, that we may pour out your love on others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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