Matthew 5:14-16King James Version (KJV)14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.15 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.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Jesus called his followers the light of the world. When He did He encouraged, implored, and taught us (as Christians) to be as He. For Jesus is and was the light of the world. Through our faith in Him, do we too, come to be the same as Christ lives in us.
John 8:12King James Version (KJV) 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.
For who are we? We are the body of Christ. That is why it is so important for Christians, for believers of Christ, to not only share the Gospel, but to live it.
1 Corinthians 12:12-31English Standard Version (ESV)
One Body with Many Members
12 For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body—Jews or Greeks, slaves[a] or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.14 For the body does not consist of one member but of many. 15 If the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” that would not make it any less a part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would be the sense of hearing? If the whole body were an ear, where would be the sense of smell? 18 But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. 19 If all were a single member, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts,[b] yet one body.21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I have no need of you,” nor again the head to the feet, “I have no need of you.” 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and on those parts of the body that we think less honorable we bestow the greater honor, and our unpresentable parts are treated with greater modesty, 24 which our more presentable parts do not require. But God has so composed the body, giving greater honor to the part that lacked it, 25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.27 Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it. 28 And God has appointed in the church first apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then miracles, then gifts of healing, helping, administrating, and various kinds of tongues. 29 Are all apostles? Are all prophets? Are all teachers? Do all work miracles? 30 Do all possess gifts of healing? Do all speak with tongues? Do all interpret? 31 But earnestly desire the higher gifts.And I will show you a still more excellent way.
We should take the teachings we review and learn each and every time we turn the pages of the bible, to even the very words of the songs that we sing, and apply them to our lives daily!
As a child I remember singing ‘This Little Light of Mine.’ It is a song that has scriptural reference, and is perhaps something I have not come to understand until adulthood. When I was a little girl, I could not begin to fathom the significance of the song lyrics. Here, being thirty plus years old, I finally see the amazing message in what otherwise might seem like simple, childish, lyrics.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine,” acts as a statement or testimony of faith. Our faith, as believers in Christ, needs to act as a light unto the world. It is not something of which we should be afraid to have, express, or even share with others. This is perhaps what draws meaning to the words: “Let it shine, Let it shine, Let it shine.”
There are many versions of this song in which verses have been sung as one of the follows:
- “I won’t let satan blow it out, no, I’m gonna let it shine.”
- “Hide it under a bushel, no, I’m gonna let it shine.”
- “Let it shine until Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine.”
These verses re-iterate the importance of ministry in their own way. For instance, the application of Satan, may be perceived as the very act of trying to avoid sin and live a Godly life. Whereas the use of hiding the light under the bushel, it might implicate the absence of shame in one’s faith in Christ which again allows the world to see unwavering faith. Then, finally, the wording of shining until Jesus comes demonstrates the perseverance needed of faith until Christ’s Second Coming.
Who knew that a simple Sunday School song could have so much power?!!!
Faith is not something we should not just practice regularly. It is something we should want to share with others. The health and spiritual well being of another’s person’s soul, IT SHOULD BE A MATTER OF CONCERN TO US!!! In other words, we, as believers, need to take EVERY OPPORTUNITY to win people to Christ. We need to not only share God’s Word with them, we need to share God’s Love with them in our day to day actions as Christ did regardless of our age, gender, or social status.
Some truly amazing examples of seizing opportunities are presented none other than by Christ Himself. Let’s take a moment to look at them shall we?
- Jesus’ Feeding of the 5,000 – Matthew 14:15-21
Matthew 14:15-36King James Version (KJV)15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place, and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy themselves victuals.16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.18 He said, Bring them hither to me.19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves, and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained twelve baskets full.21 And they that had eaten were about five thousand men, beside women and children.
2. Jesus Tells The Parable of the Good Samaritan as a lession in the Christian walk – Luke 10:25-37
Luke 10:25-37King James Version (KJV)25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?30 And Jesus answering said, A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side.32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side. 33 But a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee. 36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
Jesus did not just teach those that followed Him and listened to His teachings. He cared for them. He looked after them, and even provided for them when they were in need. He delighted in their fellowship. So when we see an chance such as this, something as simple as dinner with a friend or acquaintance, it can turn into a field of ministry. Showing another first, Jesus’ love for us through the provision of a need, it can go lengths that words alone cannot.
3. Jesus shows love to those that society rejected in His conversing with the Samaritan woman at the well. – John 4:6-26
John 4:6-26King James Version (KJV)
6 Now Jacob’s well was there. Jesus therefore, being wearied with his journey, sat thus on the well: and it was about the sixth hour. 7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink. 8 (For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.) 9 Then saith the woman of Samaria unto him, How is it that thou, being a Jew, askest drink of me, which am a woman of Samaria? for the Jews have no dealings with the Samaritans. 10 Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water. 11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water? 12 Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle? 13 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: 14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. 15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, neither come hither to draw. 16 Jesus saith unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither. 17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Jesus said unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:18 For thou hast had five husbands; and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that saidst thou truly. 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship. 21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. 24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. 25 The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he will tell us all things. 26 Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am he.
Jesus spent time with people, He got to know them, regardless of their background. He welcomed sinners, but did not submit to sin Himself. This is yet another example of the power of ministry that God gave us through Christ Jesus. Our sharing of the word and our love should not be confined solely to those who are of the same beliefs as we. No, our love…and our ministry should be extended to those who do not know God’s love, or the sacrifice Jesus made for us. For Christ did not just die for a select people. He died for all people.
May God Bless You This Day….