Bible Reading: Philippians 2:12-18; Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world.” This is what Jesus told to His disciples. Not that they will be lights one day, or have the potential to be lights, but that they are the light. As Christ-followers, a part of our new life and identity in Jesus is to be a light in a world filled with darkness. To do this takes commitment to God and discipline to follow Him. This is what I believe leads Paul to write in Philippians 2:12 for believers to, “work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.” I used to wonder why fear and trembling was involved since Christians had been saved from sin and death. The reason Paul uses these two words is not because of the danger of sin, but due to the holiness of God.
As Christians, we are the born-again children of God, and everything we do has His name attached to it. Therefore, your words and deeds show the world our Heavenly Father. My first youth minister used to always say: the only Bible some people will ever read is you. That is a huge responsibility! Living as lights for Christ in this world should not be taken lightly, but humbly and seriously. We have been given a new life that is covered by the covenant promises of God, and we must be sure not to waste it.
Application: The way we carry ourselves must be innocent and blameless of all evil. We should not be known as gossips and grumblers, but as peacemakers and servants. We live in the midst of a, “crooked and twisted generation,” and it is among them that we must shine as lights. This is not so they will look at us, but our shining light is meant to point people on the path to Jesus. As a Christ-follower, do not preoccupy yourself with worldly wealth and material possessions, but focus on being pure and without even the slightest blemish of wickedness. We must be a people that are, “holding fast to the word of life,” and not live out our faith in vain. Make God the first and greatest priority of your life, even if it means you will be poured out for the sake of others. To live as a light for God, no matter what circumstances come your way, you are always found to be rejoicing in the salvation, love, grace and mercy of God. Fix your hearts and minds upon Jesus and live as lights for Him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for removing the darkness of sin from my life and making me to shine as a bright light for you. Protect me from sin and selfishness and teach me how to live and shine as a godly light for all to see. May my life be bright for your glory. I love you, Father. Amen.