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Matthew 5:15-16

Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


John the Baptist preached in John 1:9 that Jesus was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. It may be concluded then that the truth is inside of every human. Although someone may have not reached the place in their journey to where they are ready to acknowledge that truth and accept Jesus Christ as their Saviour and the Lord of their life, yet the truth was planted within them before they entered this world. Jesus is the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world. We are therefore commanded to let our light so shine before men, that they may see our good works and glorify our Father which is in heaven.

I think one the biggest issues in today’s religious world is that we let our light shine so that people can see how good a Christian we are and not so that they will glorify our Father which is in heaven. We so often look for affirmation of our righteousness and spiritual good standing from human beings. If some pastor or our family or those at our place of employment feel like we are good Christians, then we feel like we have arrived spiritually.

Jesus taught that except our righteousness exceeded the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, we would in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 5:20. Everybody was impressed with the religiosity of the scribes and Pharisees and yet it was the scribes and Pharisees who gave Jesus the most opposition. It was the scribes and Pharisees who turned a House of Prayer into a den of thieves. The scribes and Pharisees were doing everything in their power to live up to the law and yet were guilty of economic and social injustice.

It is hard to believe but even in the enlightened spiritual age that we live in, there are spiritual leaders who will tell you that they are not interested in quantity but rather are looking for quality. What about the last thing Jesus told us to do before leaving this world? Matthew 28:19-20, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” Teach all nations? All nations, regardless of perceived quality and all nations, not pick and choose who I wish to teach.

Do people glorify the Heavenly Father when they see what we do?