You are a light 

Even in the blackest night, a small light can dispel much darkness. A tiny candle, lamp or flashlight can act as a sharp beacon of hope and direction. Our lives are much like a small lantern. Despite the darkness that we experience all around us, one single bright act of kindness has a tremendous effect. What we do for Christ, as we help others, can be seen from a great distance by a great many people. We are meant to be light – to stand out from the shadows and gloom created by man. Each of our little actions should point the way to the one true, divine light of Jesus Christ. We need to reflect his light in everything we do or say.


Matthew 5:13 – 16 says:

“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” 

(Message version)


As Christians, God calls us to leave a mark on the places that we’ve been – to shine his light. We are called to influence others for Christ. Whether it is at work, at home, or around the neighbourhood, God calls us to live a life that reaches out to others and glorifies Him. We need to leave a mark that looks as much like Christ as possible. To God, the “mark” we leave on the world and certainly on the lives of those with whom we connect each week, can be important and even powerful. What “mark” or imprint have you left this week? Be reminded that God is using you and your gifts every day, so that the “mark” we might leave is something for which to be thankful.


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Submitted byBec Mattner