TODAY’S MEDITATION – Jesus commands us to be different (Matthew 5:14-16)

Today’s passage says this: ” “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.”

My brother, my sister, Jesus is command His church, you and I, to be different. Even though we are part of the world, we have a different status in Christ. Within this world we are the light of the world! Don’t you see the darkness of this fallen but redeemable world ? As the people of God, gathered in the Church of christ, we are all called and able to bring light where there is darkness, pointing the way to Jesus to people: speaking about Him, sharing Him, being hospitable, fighting injustice, standing up for biblical principles, being willing to look foolish for what is right according to God, challenging abuses and oppression, exposing the works of darkness, etc.

Yes, Jesus has called us to be different. Unfortunately, because doing God’s does not always make us popular… or even make us look radically disconnected from the world’s principles, many believers do not take the right stand. Yet and still the focus of our light, of our aim in this life, of our hope, must always be Jesus. The fact is that Jesus started a fire. Will you let it go off or keep it and spread it, or will you stand still to see the amount of light it can produce? My friend, If you are lukewarm or cold the fire in you could end up dying with time… If your fire is lukewarm, how can you spread and ignite it in someone else or rekindle someone else without completely exhausting yourself or seeing yours die out? That is why Jesus commands us to be different, in other words to be passionate about Him, to be on fire for Him, which means to live for Him, to do good for Him, to give glory to God in all circumstances so that others might do it too. Thus the light in you will be able to enlighten the world around you. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name.