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marbella3 66F
2428 posts
7/31/2020 4:14 am

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7/31/2020 6:15 pm

Shining Light

Bible in a Year:
Psalms 54–56

Romans 3
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:

Matthew 5:–
I felt nervous about a five-week prayer class I agreed teach at a local church. Would the students like it? Would they like ? My anxiety was ill-focused, leading over-prepare lesson plans, presentation slides, and class handouts. Yet with a week go, I still hadn’t encouraged many people attend.

In prayer, however, I was reminded that the class was a service that shined light God. Because the Holy Spirit would use the class point people our heavenly Father, I could set aside my nervousness about public speaking. When Jesus taught His disciples in His Sermon on the Mount, He told them, “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” (Matthew 5:–).

Reading those words, I finally sent out a class announcement social media. Almost immediately, people started registering—expressing gratitude and excitement. Seeing their reactions, I reflected more on Jesus’ teaching: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (v. ).

With that perspective, I taught the class with joy. I pray that my simple deed becomes a beacon and encourages others shine their light for God as well.

Reflect & Pray
When have you felt nervous or self-conscious about sharing your deeds and gifts for God? How can your deeds and gifts help others, and what are ways you can share them?

Jesus, empower let my God-given light shine so others can see and glorify You.


MrsJoe 73F
12794 posts
7/31/2020 7:42 am

Good message, but these days, I tend to pick and chose where. It may not be the best, but it's all I can handle.

Life is short and precious. Why don't we just waste it by arguing and name calling with strangers.