Let your light shine and live …

I had the pleasure of attending the celebration of life for LTC Mark Weber Friday and help with the celebration following the service. Pastor Kris shared Matthew 5:13-16 as the Gospel lesson.

“You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?
Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.”
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
This scripture and Kris’s sermon got me thinking about letting our light shine through prayer and thus our life. It got me thinking about prayer as a lifestyle. In what ways do you hide your light?

1. Do you go along with the crowd, even when you know that God wouldn’t approve?

2. Do you let sin dim your light?

3. Do you deny the light; denying that you are Christian?

4. Do you keep quiet when you should speak up about Jesus?

5. Do you explain your light to others? Do you tell others about how wonderful Jesus is?

6. Do you pray for others?

7. Do you ignore the needs of others?

All these questions can be turned into examples of ways to let your light shine and live your life as a testimony. Live your life and let your light shine!

In his book Tell My Sons Mark wrote “My family cries, we yell, we laugh, and we try to talk about what all of this will ultimately mean for them. Mostly we focus on living the life we have and focusing on what we can do when things don’t go as we want.” Live your life and let your light shine!

Prayer – Lord, we want to be the salt of the earth and the light of the world. We want to make life more tasteful for everyone, we want to let our light shine. And we want our lives to show people the right way to live. Help us to keep having godly attitudes so that others will know that we are Christians and will want to know You better. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

Author’s Note: I’m preparing to leave on a mission trip with high school youth from Easter. We are heading to New Jersey next Saturday to help with the recovery effort from Hurricane Sandy. I’m hoping to see lots of shining light next week through the kids and the service that we will be doing. I’m hoping to see relationships grow. I invite you to pray for us as we serve in the hurricane ravaged area of the New Jersey shore.