Scripture: Matthew 5:11-16
Key verse: (16) In the same way, let your light shine before others, so they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Reflection: When I was confirmed in the eighth grade, the pastor of our church chose a verse for each confirmation student. In the confirmation worship service, he laid his hand on the student’s head and read the verse he chose for that student. My verse was Matthew 5:16 and that verse has become my personal mission statement.
Matthew understands Jesus as a “new Moses,” a great teacher who would guide the people to live faithfully. Chapters 5-7 of Matthew’s gospel are the Sermon on the Mount, a long series of teachings and instructions for God’s people. Jesus uses the metaphors of salt and light to describe God’s people, and he ends with verse sixteen “let your light shine.”
You are the light of the world. It’s not “try to find a little glimmer of light somewhere” or “work hard to shine.” You already are light and you can let your light shine. That was great news for my eighth grade self and for my older self now. I, just being myself, have something to offer that other people need. I have some gifts that encourage other people to be faithful. I have ways to witness to God’s love. So, don’t hold back. Don’t cover up. Don’t wear a mask or put energy into faking it. God created you and Jesus proclaims you are the light of the world. Let your light shine!
Prayer: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.” Thank you for the light dear Lord. Shine through me just as I am so that others will see your love. Amen.
Author: Millie Snyder
[Scripture quotations are from New Revised Standard Version Bible, copyright © 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved].
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