Are You The Light Of The World?
A lighthouse keeper once worked along a rocky stretch of coastline and received oil once a month to keep the light burning. He had a lot of visitors to his lighthouse. One night, a woman from the village asked for some oil to keep her family warm. Another time, a man asked for some for his lamp. There was another who needed some to lubricate a wheel. All the requests seemed genuine, so the lighthouse keeper tried to please everyone.
He noticed the oil supply was low at the end of the month. Eventually, it was gone, and the beacon stopped working. That night several ships were wrecked, and lives were lost.
When the authorities investigated, the man was very repentant. Despite his excuses and pleadings, they said, "You were given the oil for one purpose, to keep that light burning!"
Jesus made us His light, to shine for Him. Like a lighthouse keeper, we have no excuse for not keeping the light on. Our Saviour wants us to shine light around the world so everyone can praise our heavenly Father. It's a great privilege--and a great responsibility.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16
The Bible calls on all those who accept Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour to do good deeds. In fact, if you have faith in God, it will be evident or show by your good works. Just like thunder follows lightning, works must follow faith.
We do good works because we're saved, not to be saved. When God saves you, He wants good works produced in your life because they manifest His power. Through your good works God receives His glory. We should live our lives in a way that when people see us, they see Jesus. When we took the name Christian, we took all the blessings that go along with it: forgiveness from sin, fellowship with God, and the honour of representing the living God to the dying world.
Good works are prepared for us by God. Come to Jesus and let Him transform us. May we be good workers whose lives reveal our Lord Jesus' glory. And then when we have finally done our days on earth, serving Him, we will enter eternal rest. What sweet music to our ears when Jesus says: Welcome good and faithful servant.
You're the source of all good works. When you call upon us to do what you've planned for us in advance, we hope we won't resist you, but instead we'll surrender our all to you so we can give you the glory and shine as a beacon of light in a world that hates you and despises your holiness.
In Jesus name we pray.