Tuesday: 12th June, 2018
Reference text : Matthew 5:13-16
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
In answering Math questions in an examination, one statement that goes alongside most of these questions is ‘show how you arrived at your answer’. This is important because often, you come across students who know the answers to questions, sometimes leaving you in wonder as to how they got them, yet they have no fundamental idea of what they did to obtain their answers.
In the light of the words of Jesus in the Gospel, the example above is not just for the sake of the student, but the examiner who will do the marking. So they are able to make judgements based on what the students actually write and not what they think students wanted to say, so MUST our light shine so OTHERS may see and give glory to God.
I watched a video recently which highlighted the weight of Jesus’ words in Mark 9:42 that ‘whosoever causes one of these little ones to sin, it were better a milestone was hanged around his neck and he was tossed into the sea’. My dear, those around us are not only watching, but also learning from us. Therefore, if we offer them the opportunity to embrace that which is wrong because in spite of our identity as Christians, we set the pace, then we are not living up to our status.
Using the words ‘All eyes on you’ seem a little burdensome, but that is the reality. We are already in the spotlight because the eyes of many are looking our way for very many reasons: whether it is to catch us out or learn from our examples. One reason that guarantees this fact is by virtue of our identity as Christians, and this is an identity we ought to live up to, not just in name, but also in deed.
Remember # ensuring that our light shines brightly is not just for our sake, but also for the sake of others.