Let your love light shine this holiday season
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.