“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.
-Light in Greek is written as phos which means to shine or make manifest, especially by rays. Numerous passages have referenced the word light; right from the beginning when God said; let there be light (Gen 1:3-4), then God made two great lights: the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night (Gen 1:16), the Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor (Est 8:16), the Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear (Ps 27:1), secret sins are drawn away by Gods’ light (Ps 90:8), Gods’ word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path (Ps 119:105), Daniel had the Spirit of God in him, yielding light, understanding and excellent wisdom (Dan 5:14), the lamp of the body is the eye, when your eye is good, then the whole body also is full of light (Lk 11:34-36), In Christ was life and the life was the light of men (Jn 1:4-5), Jesus is the light of the world (Jn 8:12), satan transforms himself into an angel of light (2 Cor 11:14), but you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9), God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5), the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, the Lamb is its light (Rev 21:23).
-Christians are called to be the salt and light of the world. The primary function of salt is to enhance taste and does not sugar-coat the truth; to please the world. Light also drives away darkness and reveals the truth about Jesus to the world. Like John who was sent to bear witness of the Light that all might believe, we too are called to bear witness to Christ (Jn 1:6-9). We are told that those who are friends to the world create enmity with God (James 4:4). As Christians we are reminded to live as children of light living in all goodness, righteousness and truth, and doing what pleases the Lord (Eph 5:8-10). Jesus calls us to allow our light to shine before others, that they may see our good deeds and glorify God. A holy life gives the deepest impression of light. Our words and deeds should therefore draw others to Christ which is our account for discipleship. It is our responsibility as the church (the body of Christ), to draw others to Him in our great commission and proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ to the whole world.
Lord You are our Light and our Salvation, we trust in You. We thank You Jesus for we have began a new week in perfect health; all glory and thanksgiving belong to You. Many among us are sick, struggling and others have lost their loved ones; comfort them merciful Father with Your peace. Others do not know You and live in darkness; may You shine the brightness of Your countenance upon them merciful Father. Cleanse us from all evil by Your precious blood Jesus and make us as white as snow; we humbly beseech You. You have called us to be the light of the world Jesus, grant us the courage and wisdom to share Your light with the world as You gracefully shepherd us. May the light of Your salvation shine on us, our families, friends, nation and the world; as we faithfully seek Your presence everyday; Holy Spirit. Amen
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