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AND YOU SHALL BE MY DISCIPLES – Lesson #4
- Let Your Light Shine
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. (Matthew 5:16).
WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
SHINE: Comes from the Greek word, “phos”, which means:
- To shine or to make manifest one’s thoughts;
- God is light, and because light has the extremely delicate, subtle, pure, brilliant quality of truth and its knowledge, together with the spiritual purity is associated with it that which is exposed to the view of all, openly, publicly; reason, mind ;
- The power of understanding, especially moral and spiritual truth.
Faith is a vital ingredient in our walk with God. Our obedience demonstrates that faith. James gives us a great reminder when he says, in James 2 :14-18, “What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith, but he has no works? Can that faith save him?
“If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?
“Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. But someone may well say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.”
But are we willing to recognize, that faith without works is useless?
We must remember that it is not our light that shines, but His Light within us, bringing Him glory through our submission and obedience to Him and His Will.
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians2:10
Now, it is your turn:
HOW CAN YOU DO IT? _____________________________
HOW CAN YOU TEACH IT? _________________________
Your Brother and Friend,
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