Matthew 5: 13-16
Ye are the salt of the earth: … Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
First we have to establish a fact, that we are the lights of this world that is much corrupt now a days. And the source of our light is God through Jesus Christ which we read:
John 12: 46
Jesus said, I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.
It was proclaimed by Jesus Himself that He came a light to the world and He is the light of the world in addition the one’s that follow Jesus have the light of life. And as long as Jesus is in the world He is the light that shines upon the people, physically, but when Jesus ascended to heavens… the light/s of this world become His people the church that is why we must have the understanding of this light in how to obtain it…. So I established first the article before this titled A Better You, and I advise it to be read….
I know that you know some of the characteristic of a light, right? The major characteristic of light that a will emphasize is its ability to reveal those in darkness or it illuminates every path it takes. Bear in mind that having a light that shines to other is one of the evidence that you truly receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Instead, if you become offensive, knowingly or unknowingly, to others, boy!, you have to check your heart again.
God put this into writing that we may truly understand what would be the role of Christian on earth while Jesus in heaven prepares our individual mansion there, we must be busy in shining our light onto the world, not on temporal things like most of the Christians do, I am one of them, hehehe.
It is a duty of every Christian to carry the light of Christ so that they may see the things that once in our life we did not see, then how could we achieve this?. Jesus said
For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
It is here that we can shine our light by means of good works and of course in every aspect of life; Action, Motives, thinking, conversation… etc. For God is pleased when He is glorified especially through His redeemed people, so make it the desire to glorify God in your life, it is called your worship.
Let it be known….
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.
Let us make this clear, now you are in Christ Jesus, note that God planned this at the beginning, we are His workmanship unto good works…. that is plain that as a result or as an effect of being in Christ is good works, now people say that yes I am in Christ, they believed but have difficulties in doing good works but it is clear here that we don’t need to problem in doing good works because once we are in Christ we are his workmanship that produces good works, and it is no sweat, it would be natural for us to do good works.
Now Christ didn’t just taken into heaven and sit down at the right hand of God but gave us the great teaching about this life, one of this teachings:
Jesus opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Matthew 5: 2-12
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Latter Peter wrote
1 Peter 3:9
Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.
The Bible is clear that we should live as a blessing to others not a stumbling-block and in return we can inherit the blessing that God prepared for us. We have to be the agent of hope, peace, joy, faith and most of all love, then we can live peacefully and a blessing to others and as a immediately result it will bring great assurance in our heart that God sees everything we do and our heart is full of joy as well as to others. Then? how could we achieve this? right! it is a good question to ask but the answer is direct…..
It is written.
Galatians 5: 22-25
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,
Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.
Now we will go to the hard core, a life that is blissful to you and others, this is attain if and only if we live in the Spirit and walk by it by doing so you have these great stuffs that the Holy Spirit will bestow upon the person who will live in Him, love, joy, peace and the list keeps on by which you and others can benefit, winner takes all.
As in my life, as I could remember in my past life which was a miserable life that I had apart the Lord, I never felt the bliss or joy within me and as a result all the people around me can’t appreciate regarding me. I became an offensive person to them, sometimes hating me and cursing me or even feared me because they say this evil in me but I always ignore my conscience and reprimand of others, I used to tell myself that I am the person who is accountable of my life and I will don’t care whatever they could tell to me.
But now as I embrace the Lord and given me His Spirit I was amazed and much in awe in how I’d changed. Now I can hear compliments(which sometimes cause me a prideful heart) and appreciations, I never heard before someone talked that I am a good person but now I can hear even feel to a person that they are blessed with my life and said that I’m a good person(But I insist that the only good is God). They can see the love, peace, joy, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance in my life and this is possible only in the Spirit. I have nothing to brag but Paul said
1 Corinthians 1:31
That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
So I will boast the goodness of the Lord in my life.
I have much to share but I decided to make this article brief., so that you yourself will find out what I am bragging about if and only if you live in the Spirit and walk with it. And lastly, if you want it to try please kindly read my article A better you and be blessed.