My Dad had one of the first rechargeable flashlights back in the 70’s. It really was not a flashlight. It was mounted on a hardhat with a cable going down to a heavy battery on his belt. The battery was about two inches thick, six inches wide, and eight inches tall. He hunted at night. It would shoot a beam into a tree to search each limb for racoons.
For Christmas I got a rechargeable flashlight. It’s about five inches long and one inch thick. It’s 3,000 lumens! Shine this light into a tree and the entire tree is visible! The technology has come a long way. Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 CSB).
Jesus gave two illustrations. First, a lamp lit in a house is not placed under a bucket, but on a pedestal so it lights the whole room. Second, a city on a hill with all the lamps, campfires, and lanterns can be seen miles away.
I am a believer in Jesus. A spiritual light has been lit in me. Jesus says I am to let it shine brightly. Our culture in the United States today pressures us to keep our faith in Jesus and the Bible personal and private. But Jesus said to let the light shine publicly.
Now how does that spiritual light in me get out? Jesus said that happens by good works. When I give a bottle of water away, I’m to do it giving Jesus the credit. Feed the hungry, visit the prisoner, clothe the needy, welcome the stranger, help the sick, and do these in order to tell them about Jesus.
The Light is Jesus. Salvation is by God’s grace through faith in Jesus alone. We are to tell everyone as we do good works salvation and eternal life are free. Now the good works don’t bring salvation. Salvation brings good works. Then we can earn the opportunity to tell another person about the salvation that comes by believing in Jesus.
Is your light on? Is it a an old 70’s light or a bright 3,000 lumens? Shine brightly by serving others.
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