Matthew 5:13-16 (CEB)

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. 14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14 (CEB)

14 You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.

DEVOTION – Ann Stewart (South Australia, Australia)

One morning I sat in my cozy upstairs room overlooking the river – the room where I spend time with God.  As I read the scripture quoted above, I hoped and prayed that I could be a light to those I would meet and work with that day.  then I looked across the river and noticed a house that stood out from the others.  It was bright and shining with a strong light.  On looking more closely I could see that it was catching and reflecting the rays of the early-morning sun.

For me, that house was an example of how I could be a light in my world.  By being open to the work of the Holy Spirit in me, I can reflect God’s light and love in the world.  However, I can shine that light into the world only if my relationship with God is a priority.  Jesus said, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12).  When we draw near to Jesus through prayer, Bible study, and fellowship with other believers, we can reflect tis light to those who do not know him.  When we are open and available to the light of Jesus, we – like beacons in a dark world – can shine his love on others.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: How can I reflect the light of Jesus today?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, thank you for the light Jesus brings into our lives.  May we reflect his light in all we do today.

PRAYER FOCUS: BIBLE STUDY GROUPS

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