Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven (Matthew 5:16).
If the Master had only said, “Let your light shine before men…,” that would have been beautiful, but He emphasized the intensity by including the adverb, “so.” He wants you to shine with blazing intensity. He wants men to see your good works and glorify your heavenly Father.
Also notice that He didn’t say, “I’m going to make your light so shine”; rather, you’re the one to make it happen! Even Prophet Isaiah didn’t allude that God is the one to make your light shine”; he said,
“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” (Isaiah 60:1).
The responsibility is yours to fan your zeal aglow. God is telling you what you can do. If you couldn’t be aglow and burning with the Spirit, He wouldn’t ask you to do it. He’s telling you to do it because He’s given you the power, the ability, to do it. Jesus said,
“Ye are the light of the world….” (Matthew 5:14)
Your response should be, “Yes, Lord, I’m a light in a dark world, and my light shines everywhere.” Act on the Word. Act on that idea God has placed in your heart, and bring God’s vision to pass! Get busy. Do something that’ll impact and improve the lives of those around you.
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