Matthew 5:14-16 You Are A Light

“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.” Matthew 5:14-16

Jesus was  telling the disciples that they were the light of the world. The important thing about a light is that it is not hidden, but put out for everyone to see. They were to let their light shine for all to see.

There are many people who like to keep their personal beliefs personal. They do not feel that they need to say out loud what they believe. This becomes very true about their belief in God.

One reason some people do not want to speak out loud about their belief in Jesus is that they do not want to offend anyone. Another reason is out of fear of ridicule or persecution. Speaking out loud about a belief in Jesus will often bring about opposition, and most people do not want that.

Since this is the case, many believers are silent believers. Often they are silent to the point people who don’t know them in church, do not even know that they believe in Jesus. They are not letting their light shine.

Another way they do not let their light shine, is by being a judgmental, hating Christian. They condemn non-believers. This is not the way Jesus walked and talked on this earth. It will not draw anyone to Jesus.

When you let the light of Jesus shine in your life, it will make a difference with the people who see you. Yes, there will be some who will ridicule and persecute you, but there will others that will glorify God because of you.

If you are living the loving, compassionate, caring life as Jesus did, the world cannot but see the good in you. Although some will hate you, many will also see that you are being true to your belief. They will be attracted by your love and compassion.

Let the light of Jesus shine out bright into the world around you. Let people see who Jesus really is. Do not hide that wonderful light.

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1 Thessalonians 4:1 Live To Please God

“As for other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more.” 1 Thessalonians 4:1

Paul commended the people of the Thessalonian church that they were living in a way to please God. He then encourages them to do this more and more. They were not to stop striving to please God.

There are people out there that when they look at all of the ways that God wants a person to live and the perfection He is looking for, they don’t want to even try to live for God. Many will start out living for God and striving to please Him, only to give up later.

People often give up, because it is, in reality, impossible to become perfect for God…on their own. They look at all of their faults and say they cannot do it, which is true, on their own. It is only when they rest in Jesus, trust in the power of Jesus, that they can become more like Jesus.

It is in the aiming for, striving to please God, that God finds pleasure. If you are aiming for perfection, just to be perfect, you are doing it for the wrong reasons. Your goal in life should be to please God.

Are you being a witness for Jesus?

Are you loving others? Including your enemies?

Are you serving others? Including your enemies?

Are you forgiving everyone?

Are you spending time with God?

Are you turning away from sin?

These and many other things are ways to please God. You may already be doing many or all of these things. That is great! Now Paul is saying do it more and more.

Keep working at pleasing God. Do everything as though you are doing it to and for God. Seek His Holy Spirit to give yo the strength and wisdom in what to do and how to do it. Living like this in the end will get you the “well done good and faithful servant”.

I pray today that God will reveal what He wants you to do; that your actions will please God; that your thoughts will be pleasing to God; that your heart will strive to please God; and that God will draw many to Jesus through you.