Scripture:

Matthew 5:16 – In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Observation:

Jesus speaks to the witness of his followers during his sermon captured in chapter five of Matthew. He covers many topics but central is the idea that his followers are called to be salt and light to the world. Not for their glory but for the glory of God. Jesus delivers this word at a time that many of the religious people of the age were in competition to see who was the most “righteous”. They outwardly prayed and did good deeds to gain attraction in the eyes of the people. Jesus outlines a very different idea of ministry, the idea being, it is not about us but all about God’s glory.

Application:

The trap of the religious leaders still exists today. Am I motivated to do the right thing for my own accolade or for God’s glory? When I am around people who don’t know Jesus could I honestly say that I am being a light to them? The call of Jesus is to go into the world and let His light shine through me so that others will give glory to God. I desire to walk in that truth in my life. Today, I want to be someone who is walking in the light of Jesus and pointing others to His glory.

Prayer:

Thank You Jesus that it isn’t about me but all about You! Help me today to be a beacon of Your light and Your truth into a world that desperately needs to see you.