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Turn On The Lights

[Written by Joe Stowell for Our Daily Bread.]

August 29, 2017

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. —Matthew 5:14

People often ask me what I enjoy most about serving as president of a Christian college. Without question it’s the students. I love their passion for Jesus and the way they demonstrate it to the world around them. Non-Christian employers often tell me of the students’ exemplary work ethic. A local police super-intendent once said, “When the students return to campus, it’s like somebody turned the lights on.”

This is exactly what Jesus had in mind when He said, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). It’s a powerful word picture of the impact of contrast. There should be a recognizable difference between the integrity of Christians and the prevailing darkness of our world.

It’s not about making speeches for Jesus; it’s about people observing us. Even though they may not want to hear about Jesus, you can be sure they’re watching to see if He makes a difference in our lives. When Jesus said, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works” (Matt. 5:16), He was saying that before we can speak up we have to show up. Our capacity to shine for Jesus is measured by our good works, which reveal His compelling reality in our lives.

Let’s turn on the lights.

You are called with a holy calling
The light of the world to be,
To lift up the lamp of the Savior
That others His light may see.  —Anon.

To lead others out of the darkness of sin, let them see the light of Christ in your life.