Belt of Truth
Knowing and Applying God's Truth to Real Life
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
What truth is revealed? In John 8:12, Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world.” We totally and readily accept this truth; However, in Matthew, Chapter 5, Jesus calls “us” the light of the world. So, in a darkened world; a world that is under the curse of sin, “we” who follow Jesus are the light of the world. We are the light as individual believers and we are collectively the light.
What is the command, wisdom or promise? Jesus commands us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
What does this mean to/for me? Jesus emphasizes the idea that my life is to have a profound effect on the lives of those that are around me. According to Jesus, the actions of my life should cause others to glorify God.
What action can/should I take? To cause others to glorify God on the basis of my witness is going to take some intentional work. It certainly means that the fruit of the Spirit must be the obvious fruit of my life. So, I need, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control to shine brightly. (Gal. 5,22,23)
As revealed by God through the Life and Message of Christ; through the wisdom of Solomon; through the letters of the Apostles; through the inspiration of God.