Imagine walking into the living room to watch your wife turn on a lamp, only to immediately cover it up with something dark. The effect is striking. One minute the light illuminates the room. The next it is dark. The light has not gone out. Power still flows to the lamp, but it cannot be seen because it has been hidden.
The likelihood of my wife doing something like this is inconceivable. I honestly cannot think of a single reason she would do something like that. I am sure that you yourself cannot think of why you or anyone you know would do such a thing. But that is the illustration that Jesus used to describe our testimony.
““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, ESV)
Cities on hilltops cannot be hidden, nor should lamps. You life is a testimony to others around you. As followers of Christ, we have the calling to reflect the glory of God in our daily lives. That is worthy repeating. We were made to reflect the glory of God. We do this by letting others see the “good works” we do so that they can “give glory to[our] Father who is in heaven” (Matt 5:16).
Let’s lake a moment to think of three “good works “ you can do today that will reflect the glory of God to a watching world.
1. Control your temper.
No one like to be around time bombs, least of all those who profess to be believers in Christ. We all know people who explode at the slightest nudge. We also know people who just simmer over issues. We know those who don’t get mad, they just get even. We might even be one of those people. Jesus told his disciples, “First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift”. Don’t let unresolved anger blow up your life.
2. Be faithful to your spouse.
If you are married today, God gave you your wife or your husband. Guard that relationship from outside pressures, especially the pressure that sexual temptation brings (Matt 5:27-28). There is no such thing as an innocent flirtation. It can ruin your marriage. It can ruin your life. It can ruin your witness. Steer clear of this danger.
3. Love your spouse unconditionally.
My granddad told me repeatedly, “if you love your wife the way Christ loves his church, then you can’t run her off”. People tell me that I still have the newlywed mentality, but I believe it doesn’t have to disappear. You see, God never intended divorce. It has always been his plan for one man and one woman to spend a lifetime together (Matt 5:31-32; 1 Cor 7:10-11). Let the light of Christ shine through you as you unconditionally love your spouse, with a world gone crazy with divorce looking on.
Out of these three light-shining acts, which one do you struggle with the most? Share your comments below or send me an email.