So, you have probably seen a lot of fireworks over the past few days.
Fireworks definitely provoke a response. My children really love looking at them but I also know some people who have had enough of them and are glad that the firework season is nearly over.
Fireworks change the environment that they are lit in, they burn bright and draw people’s attention.
Jesus also said to his followers:
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5.14-16)
We live in a dark world and we need to consider how we will live our lives in such a way so that the light of Jesus shines out of us.
If you feel that your light is too small, then you need tp realise that even the smallest light will shine brightly in the darkest places.
The problem with fireworks is that they burn out really quickly but we can burn brightly if we allow the source of our light to be Jesus rather than ourselves.
As we shine for Jesus, we will provoke a response. Many people will look on in awe and wonder but some will also tell us that they have had enough. We can be put off by those who don’t approve of our faith and if we are influenced by them then we will be tempted to try to hide the light of Jesus so that we don’t upset them.
We need to decide who and what we are living for! The key for any disciple of Jesus is to live well for and to shine for him.
How will we shine and bring hope to the world today?