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October 2015

Wednesday, 07 October 2015

'In the same way, let your light shine before others...' Matthew 5:16 NIV


Right then. Today’s task is to locate a whole bunch of uranium, and make a lovely glowy pie. Then, when you’ve eaten the pie, you’ll probably be set to go and shine before others. As fun as that sounds (not!), Jesus probably had something else in mind (phew! You can let out your sigh of relief now). While He tells us to shine ‘our light’, Jesus also says this: ‘I am the light of the world.’ (John 8:12 NIV) Hold up. If He’s light and we’re light, there’s a ‘Jesus living through us’ dynamic going on, that we should be living in. That also lets us know where the Source of our shining comes from—Him. God considers us His representatives on earth, and so the light that Jesus gives to others, the hope and freedom that He brings, needs to be something that we participate in, too. We need to live out His light. What parts of Jesus do you look at and really want to copy? (Of course, we want to be completely like Him as much as possible, but that builds from each small thing.) Maybe His kindness, or how He loved others, or even His patience. That’s the light. God wants us to go out and shine it, so others can glimpse what Jesus means to their lives. Wait until it’s dark and turn the light on your phone on, then off again. See the difference it makes in the room around you. Think about this question: How can I make that sort of difference in someone’s life who I know?

SoulFood: Ex 7-9, John 2:1-11, Ps 29, Prov 26:4-6

word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd

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