Daily D – Matthew 5:13-16
Matthew 5:13-16 “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.”
More light, less heat, please.
The longest day of the year is now past. The amount of daylight now decreases day by day. While we are still living in the time of year when the amount of daylight is greatest, it grieves me to know we are moving toward the time of year when daylight will shine with its least strength.
There are those among us who prefer the darkness.
I enjoy visiting northern territories like Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. I prefer visiting there in the summertime or early autumn. Summer days begin early and linger long into the night. I like it. I like it a lot.
The winter months are dark and rainy. People spend a lot of time indoors. Alcohol and other drugs are often abused. Physical abuse increases. I blame it on the dark.
This week we have caught glimpses of God-light. The forces of darkness have also been on display.
There has been a problem we have seen and experienced. Some of the People of the Light have behaved more like wildfire than light-bearers. They have reacted to the darkness as the darkness treats them. This is not our path as laid out by our Father in heaven.
Again, more light, less heat, please.
Bear the light. Do not shout at the darkness.
Light without the display of God’s goodness is in danger of becoming another form of darkness.
People of the Light demonstrate the positive alternative to this present darkness.
People of the Light illuminate the life-giving, life-affirming reality of God’s purpose for every man, woman, and child. This is what people need to see in these days of brilliant sunshine. They need to hear the truth spoken for the good news it is. Avoid the hatred and horror of what those consumed with darkness do and say.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.”
Jesus said, “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Shine without burning. Shine with our Father’s reflected glory and goodness.
I will live as light in this dark world.
Our Father, empower me to bear your light, to reflect your goodness and glory, to help others see your positive alternative to darkness and death. Use me in whatever manner you see fit to communicate your words truth and life, light and meaning. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.