Hey Bud, gotta light? Matthew 5:14-16

Today’s Reading Matthew 5:14-16

Hey Bud, gotta light?

Have you ever woke up in the middle of the night and it was pitch black in the room? You tried to make it to the bathroom without stepping on or running into something but instead that corner of the bed or that toy that wasn’t picked sends pain messages to your half awake brain. All this because there was no light.

Replay this scenario except this time imagine you have a night light plugged in. Different? Of course! Although your toes still may have found the corner and your heal found the toy, this time you saw it coming.

Jesus calls us to be the light of the world. We are to bring attention to that light so that others can see how God is working in our life. What is this light He is talking about? It is Jesus! Remember that Jesus called Himself “the light of the world” (John 8:12, 9:5, 11:9).  He tells us to not hide our light, such as under a bowl, but rather on a lampstand so that all can see. Think about it; if Jesus is the light that we are supposed to show off do we have to excuse the light because some may complain? Or, should we limit the brightness because it might offend some? NO! While “being the salt of the earth” deals with the inner conscience “being the light of the world” is an outward action. We reflect the light that Jesus gives us by our actions.

Today try to list as many qualities of light that parallel this illustration.
Example; light reveals mistakes, light exposes, light ____

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