Matthew 5:14-16 - Shining for Jesus!

Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) You are the light 
of the world... let your light shine before 
others, that they may see your good deeds and 
glorify your Father in heaven. 

Matthew 5:14-16 (NLT) You are the light of 
the world let your good deeds shine out for 
all to see, so that everyone will praise your 
heavenly Father. 


Light. Light has ever been a symbol of the 
divine presence (see on Gen. 1:3; 3:24). John 
refers to Jesus as the light of men shining 
forth amid the darkness of this world (ch. 
1:4"9). Toward the close of His ministry Jesus 
referred to Himself as the light of the world 
(see on John 8:12; 9:5). Having accepted Jesus as 
the light of the world, a Christian, if true to 
his calling, becomes a reflector of that light. 
[SDA Bible Commentary] 


   No other light ever has shone or ever 
will shine upon fallen man save that which 
emanates from Christ. Jesus, the Saviour, is the only 
light that can illuminate the darkness of a world 
lying in sin. Of Christ it is written, "In Him was 
life; and the life was the light of men." John 
1:4. It was by receiving of His life that His 
disciples could become light bearers. The life of 
Christ in the soul, His love revealed in the 
character, would make them the light of the world. 
   Humanity has in itself no light. Apart 
from Christ we are like an unkindled taper, like 
the moon when her face is turned away from the 
sun; we have not a single ray of brightness to 
shed into the darkness of the world. But when we 
turn toward the Sun of Righteousness, when we 
come in touch with Christ, the whole soul is 
aglow with the brightness of the divine presence.  

Let Christ shine in your life.  Develop a 
relationship with Jesus that will cause Him to be 
revielded in your life and deeds. Christ does not bid 
His followers strive to shine. He says, Let your 
light shine. If you have received the grace of 
God, the light is in you. Remove the 
obstructions, and the Lord's glory will be revealed. 

As your relationship with Jesus grows your 
life will reflect more and more His glory. 
Wherever there is union with Christ there is love. 
Whatever other fruits we may bear, if love be 
missing, they profit nothing. Love to God and our 
neighbor is the very essence of our religion. No one 
can love Christ and not love His children. When 
we are united to Christ, we have the mind of 
Christ. Purity and love shine forth in the 
character, meekness and truth control the life. The 
very expression of the countenance is changed. 
Christ abiding in the soul exerts a transforming 
power, and the outward aspect bears witness to the 
peace and joy that reign within If we are 
connected with the Light, we shall be channels of 
light, and in our words and works we shall reflect 
light to the world. 1SM337 

He who draws nigh to Christ need not try to 
shine. As he beholds the Saviour, he catches the 
divine rays of light from the Sun of Righteousness, 
and he cannot help shining. The light that is in 
him shines forth in clear, bright rays, in words 
and works of righteousness. Christs grace 
dwells in him richly, and heavens light shines 
through him. UP322 


Lighting Up the Dark
   I heard about a man in his senior years 
who was walking beside a lake when he suddenly 
heard a voice. Hey you! someone said, 
Come over here and kiss me, and Ill turn into 
a beautiful princess. 
   He looked around but didnt see anyone. 
Again, a voice said, Hey, you! Come over here 
and kiss me, and Ill turn into a beautiful 
   Then he noticed a little frog by the 
waters edge. The frog said, Hey, you! Kiss me, 
and Ill turn into a beautiful princess. 
   So the man reached down, carefully picked 
up the frog, and put it into his shirt pocket. 
Then he turned and walked away. 
   The frog called out, Hey, didnt you 
hear what I said? I said, Kiss me, and Ill 
turn into a beautiful princess. 
   The man replied, At my age, Id 
rather have a talking frog. 
   Thats how it can be when we study 
Bible prophecy. We can miss the whole point. In 
Luke 12, Jesus tells us how we ought to be living 
as we anticipate His imminent return: Be 
dressed for service and keep your lamps burning, as 
though you were waiting for your master to return 
from the wedding feast (verses 35"36 NLT). 
   Jesus was describing a first-century 
Jewish wedding, which could go on for days or even 
a week. They didnt know when the groom 
would arrive, so everyone would be dressed and 
ready. To have your lamps burning meant that 
youd have sufficient oil in them. If you 
werent prepared, then youd miss the wedding. 
   This world is a very dark place, and it 
seems to be getting darker. But Jesus said, Let 
your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that 
everyone will praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 
5:16 NLT). [Greg Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 

Keep Shining
   First-century weddings were not like ours 
today. In those days a wedding could last up to a 
week. It was a big event, and there was a fun 
element to it. 
   Everyone arrived ready to go, but they 
didnt know when the groom would appear. He might 
show up in the morning, in the afternoon, or in 
the evening. And when he was on his way, they 
made an announcement so everyone could take their 
places for the wedding ceremony. 
   Jesus said, Be dressed for service and 
keep your lamps burning, as though you were 
waiting for your master to return from the wedding 
feast. Then you will be ready to open the door and 
let him in the moment he arrives and knocks 
(Luke 12:35"36 NLT). 
   A first-century flashlight basically 
consisted of a clay dish, oil, and a floating wick. To 
be prepared, they would carry extra oil in a 
little flask. 
   If we were to put this into our 
vernacular today, it would be like saying, Have 
fresh batteries in your flashlight or Have 
your phone charged. 
   Jesus also said, Let your good deeds 
shine out for all to see, so that everyone will 
praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:16 NLT). 
   We believe in verbal proclamation of the 
gospel. Were not ashamed of it. But we also need 
to live the gospel. We need to demonstrate the 
gospel by the way that we live. 
   We can do this by being a good and godly 
neighbor. If someone is in the hospital, we visit 
them. If someone needs prayer, we pray for them. 
If someone has hit hard times, we take a meal 
to them. And we do these things in the name of 
the Lord. 
   As Christians, we should be shining 
lights in a dark place. And as our culture grows 
darker, we need to shine brighter. [Greg Laurie from 
Harvest Ministries; https://www.harvestdaily.com] 

If we live for Christ, we will glow like 
lights, showing others what Christ is like.  We hide 
our light by 1. being quiet when we should 
speak, 2. going along with the crowd, 3. denying 
the light, 4. letting sin dim our light, 5. not 
explaining our light to others, or 6. ignoring the 
needs of others.  Be a beacon of truth - don't 
shut your light off from the rest of the world.  
[Life Application SB] 

   Living a "fishbowl" life as both a 
pastor's daughter and a minister's wife may have 
contributed to my discomfort in the limelight. Or 
perhaps it was simply my temperament. Regardless, 
writing books ushered in new opportunities for 
speaking and new challenges. 
   When the university I attended presented 
me with a Distinguished Alumni Award a few 
years ago, I was so shocked I actually asked if 
they'd made a mistake. While recognizing that only 
Jesus can bring success and honors from our broken 
lives, I still struggled with "letting my light 
shine." After all, Jesus was the true Light of the 
World (John 8:12). Shining my light often felt 
confusing and prideful. 
   But over time, Jesus helped me understand 
that my light should simply be a reflection of 
shine by reflecting Him eliminates the kind of 
selfish pride and praise Jesus rebuked in the lives 
of hypocrite leaders (Matthew 6:2). 
   Every God-given gift or moment in the 
limelight should reflect our pride in the One who gave 
us good gifts and Who began the good work in us 
(Philippians 1:6). Whether it's accepting praise 
graciously, using our gifts creatively, or blessing 
others in caring, unseen ways, our goal and purpose 
are the same: to bring glory to Jesus. With that 
as our motive, it's always Jesus's greater 
Light that shines through our works. And people 
can see the difference. 
   Our Christ-like character will always 
speak louder than our works. By Rebecca Barlow 
   Faith Step: This week, ask Jesus to let 
His light shine through you. [Mornings With 
Jesus 2019 Devotional by Guideposts and 


Point to the- Light
   All the kids called him "Grandpa." He was 
a plumber with an eighth-grade education. But 
no one was more articulate about Jesus Christ 
than Grandpa Craig. 
   Kids from all over spent a lot of time 
with Grandpa"eating popcorn in his living room, 
having Bible studies, praying, just "shooting the 
breeze." No matter where the conversation wandered, 
though, Grandpa would always bring it around to 
   Whenever we were talking about school or 
dating or the future, Grandpa would say, "That 
reminds me of something Jesus said.." or, "That's 
just like when Jesus..." and he would reveal new 
insights to us about Jesus. 
   Grandpa's life was filled with the 
reality of Jesus' presence. On Saturday afternoons, 
we would sometimes take long walks with 
Grandpa. He would point to the countryside and say, 
"Now, that's Jesus' way of showing us how much he 
loves us. He made all these things for us to 
   Grandpa saw Jesus in everything around 
him. "See how the sun goes down so faithfully 
every evening?" he would ask. "That shows how 
faithful Jesus is to us. Just like the sun, he never 
lets us down." 
   When anyone wondered how to act toward a 
new kid in school, Grandpa would ask, "How would 
Jesus act if he were in school?" Problems with 
parents? "What would Jesus do in your shoes?" His 
advice was always simple: "Focus on Jesus. Figure 
it out from there." 
   In the same way that Grandpa experienced 
Jesus in everything, John 1:1-18 reminds us that 
Jesus is central to everything. [Youth SB re John 


He who lives nearest to Jesus shines the 
brightest. 4SDABC1184 

If the love of God flows through us, we will 
find ourselves sharing that love with those 
around us, for God is love, and that love is bigger 
than its container, the Christian, so it must 
overflow.  Al Bryant; [Time with God SB mod.] re luke 


   As the world grows increasingly dark, 
remember that you are the light of the world. Don't 
waste energy lamenting bad things over which you 
have no control. Pray about these matters, but 
refuse to let them haunt your thoughts. Instead, 
focus your energies on doing what you can to 
brighten the place where I have put you. Use your 
time, talents, and resources to push back the 
darkness. Shine My Light into the world! 
   I am the true Light that shines on in the 
darkness - even in the most terrible conditions. Your 
light originates in Me and reflects from you. I 
have called you to reflect My Glory! You do this 
most effectively by becoming more and more fully 
the one I designed you to be. Spend ample time 
seeking My Face, beloved. Focusing on My Presence 
and My Word helps you to grow in grace and 
discern My will. Your time spent with Me nourishes 
your soul, providing comfort and encouragement. 
Thus I strengthen you and enable you to be a 
source of strength for others. (Mat. 5:14; John 
1:9; 1:5; 2Co. 3:18) [Jesus Always by Sarah 


Isaiah 60:1 - Arise And Shine!


Ephesians 5:14 - Turn Your Darkness Into 


Matthew 5:16 - Lighting Up the Dark.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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