INTRODUCTION: Every believer becomes light through salvation in Christ Jesus because Christ is the light and we have become a joint heir with Him. As Christ was a light in this worm so are all believers in the world today. (TEXT: Matt. 5: 14-16)
- Who is a light?
- Outcome of light
WHO IS ALIGHT?
- Someone who has given his life to Christ. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come:[a] The old has gone, the new is here!“- 2 Cor 5:17
- A light is someone that lives a holy life.
- Someone that lives a truthful life (Jn. 8:32).
OUTCOME OF LIGHT
Wherever there is light. there can be no darkness. No matter how small the light might be, it will still give light to the people around; how much more when the light is big and full, it removes darkness. One can be at peace once there is light around that there will be no stumbling. In the same vein, every Christian must reflect all these attributes of light where he finds himself (Matt. 5: 14-16, 1 Pet. 2:9).
“ 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.“ – Matt5: 15-16
As a light in this world, you are expected to shine because our bible passage above tells us in verse 15 that “nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket”. Your life and everything God have deposited into your life are to reflect the light of Christ. God will open our eyes of understanding as we go in this topic in Jesus name.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE
As we have read in the introduction of this lesson, we must let our light shine. You have been delivered from the power of darkness and translated into the kingdom of His dear Son (Col. 1:13). Everywhere light is, there would be no darkness of any kind again, very open and straight forward. His yes would be yes, and no would be no and very dependable. All these are the attributes of light which we are to reflect in our own lives as a light of the world. Everybody must see you as light anywhere you find yourself. Heaven must also be able to bear witness to this. May God help us to shine as light in the world in Jesus name.
HOW DO I SHINE AS A LIGHT IN THE WORLD
- Recognise that you are now a new creature (2 Cor 5:17)
- Know that God has deposited certain things in you to bless others. (Matt 25: 14-15)
- Be resolute within you that you will shine no matter how . (Daniel 2:16-18)
- Always study the word of God and also be prayerful and watchful.
Ephisians 6:17-18 says “Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.“
Once we are the light of the world, it is important for us to demonstrate this light to the world. You are not a light if you hide it. A light that doesn’t shine for others to see is not a good light. Likewise, any Christian who does not shine as a light of Christ in this world is not a good Christian indeed.