Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
“Let there be light.” These were the first words spoken by our Father at the beginning of Creation. Proclaiming Him as “The light of the world,” John captures our Lord’s brilliance in the opening chapter of his gospel. In Heaven, we know that there will be no sun; the presence of God will be our eternal light.
Jesus has commanded you to let your light shine before men. The light to which He’s referring comes not from a brilliance of your own making, but from the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. The presence of the same Father of Lights mentioned in the letter of James.
This radiation is a constant factor. It’s a light that cannot be hidden. It shines forth from your bedroom at night, from your locker in the hallway. It is with you when you’re alone and when you’re with your boyfriend or girlfriend. It’s a city on a hill, not able to be hidden.
It is for this reason that you must make sure your light shines in a way that others may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. The light they see is not your own. It’s your Father’s and it must be shown in a way that brings glory to His name.
How will people respond to your light today? Will you be ready if someone looks to respond? Are you even aware of which direction your light is shining, or have you forgotten this command of Christ all together?