Let your love light shine this hol­i­day sea­son

The Prince George Citizen - - Religion - PAS­TOR MICHAEL DAYKIN Cen­tral Fel­low­ship Bap­tist Church

The Bi­ble says “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill can­not be hid­den. Nei­ther do peo­ple light a lamp and put it un­der a bowl. In­stead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to ev­ery­one in the house. In the same way, let your light shine be­fore oth­ers, that they may see your good deeds and glo­rify your Fa­ther in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16 NIV

The other day I went in to wake my daugh­ter at 7:30 a.m. for school.

I opened her cur­tains and she looked up and said “Dad, it’s not time to get up, it’s still dark out­side.”

She was not wrong.

I told her that is just the re­al­ity of De­cem­ber in the north.

My daugh­ter isn’t the only one who has a hard time get­ting up in the dark­est days of win­ter.

It can be hard to get mo­ti­vated with so lit­tle sun­light this time of year.

What is strik­ing, how­ever, is how bright the stars shine on these dark win­ter nights or how bril­liant the lights that adorn many of our homes are.

A light, no mat­ter how small, brings light into the dark­est sea­son.

The rea­son for this sea­son, no mat­ter how hard some voices try to drown it out, is be­cause Je­sus Christ came to earth as a baby.

He came into a world that was lost in dark­ness.

He tells us who fol­low Him that we are now to be the light of the world and we are to let our light shine be­fore oth­ers, that they may see our good deeds and glo­rify our Fa­ther in heaven.

There’s an im­por­tant nugget in there, we shine our light by do­ing good but not for our glory but for God’s.

This Christ­mas sea­son I en­cour­age you to pon­der how brightly your light is shin­ing and con­sider if it’s shin­ing for your glory or for God’s.

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