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You gonna Shine or Just Cut Bait?


We all know that Jesus is the Light of the World. But once Jesus set His light in you, He says:

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; - Matthew 5:14 NASB

I guess I always have thought that being light meant not doing bad things or perhaps doing good things that Jesus did and told us to do.

Then I started to consider Matthew 5:16:

Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (NASB)

Check it out:

You are the Light of the world

Your Light Shines

Your good works are illuminated

The Father is glorified.

You see? The light is shining on your good works. The works are not the light, but they are in the light.

I started looking at the other references where Jesus said He was the Light of the World, and I saw the same thing. Check this out from John 3:19:

And this is the judgment, that the light is come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light; for their deeds were evil. (NASB)

Men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. They did not love darkness because darkness was evil deeds, but because darkness hid their evil deeds.

This is why in the Old Testament men would leave the towns and fields and hide in groves to worship their false gods. They loved the darkness and cover that the groves provided for their evil deeds.

Our life shines in such a way as to expose our good works.

Does that sound like pride to you? Check out this little tidbit from brother Paul:

For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, that no one should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 NASB)

You have been saved (Lit up) by grace (not works, no reason to boast.) Once saved by grace (not works) you are equipped by God to do good works that He planned and equipped you for.

The fact is, these good works you are doing in the light that Jesus has placed on, in and through you, are so good, no one will ever think it was your natural talent that produced such amazing fruit. It could only be God, and so He is glorified when your light shines on the works you do.

Was that too much for one thought?  It is leaking out of my brain even as I type it. (LOL) This makes me crazy happy. I am so excited that God has such an extraordinary plan for me that He will be glorified by stuff I do, and I can expose His amazing grace to me. And how will I do that. I will Arise and shine in this gross darkness, and let every man see what a miniChrist looks like.

If you are a letter written to this world, turn on the light so they don’t have to strain their eyes! [Tweet This]

Don’t cover up the stuff God giving you to do. Let it rip so He can get the glory He deserves.

Tell me what you think? Does this help you, or does it just bring up more questions?

Thanks for reading today.


photo credit: gigi 62 via photo pin cc

Originally published in September of 2012

12 thoughts on “You gonna Shine or Just Cut Bait?

  1. poetrycottage

    Thank you for illuminating the message of God's light and how we dim it (for others around us) if we don't share the gifts/talents He has given us. I have to honest though, don't like the word or term "miniChrist".

  2. Debbie

    I like what you said about how no one will doubt that it is God and that He will be glorified. Yay Jesus! That helps, Mr. Ben, and God bless.

  3. cshowers

    Hallelujah! I just wrote on the light a few days ago, from a different perspective, and this wonderful word is like the icing on top of the cake. What a wonderful message, and I pray that Christ's light within us would continue to shine brightly, so that God will be glorified... Many blessings to you for continuing to let His light shine through you like a beacon as you teach His word and His red letters!



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