Why we should each let our light shine…

FWL--Light Tower-min

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” ~Matthew 5:13-16 King James Version

As I read this verse closer, the second half reminds me of Our Deepest Fear. It’s amazing that the Word tells us to let our light shine but the world calls us arrogant or self-absorbed when we do just that. Until I read this verse closer, I thought I should just treat this conflict as one of the many challenges of following the Word while living in the world. But in reading it closer, the Word isn’t telling us to merely let our light shine. It’s telling us to let our light shine for the specific purpose of glorifying the LORD.

I don’t know about you, but I can admit that I never got to that part before. Although I’ve tried to let my light shine, I’ve never done it for the specific purpose of glorifying the LORD.  Maybe that’s the disconnect. I wonder how my light will be received if I make it extremely clear that the sole reason why I’m letting my light shine is so that the amazingness of GOD can be glorified. I hope that my goals and dreams will be better received just because I’m broadcasting them with a pure heart that is not intent on building up myself but rather building up GOD. It’s worth giving it a try!


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