May 16

Let Your Light Shine

By: David Yim

Passage: Matthew 5:13-16

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

We live in a dark and oppressed world full of injustice, hate and pain. As Christians, we experience healing and restoration through the power of the Gospel, but we are not called to only be healed, restored and escape the world’s trouble. We are actually called to go in the world and embrace it. This passage states that we are the salt and light of the world. We are to let this light shine to those around us. The light that shines is the Gospel that lives in each one of us. We are to use the gifts and talents that God has given us for His glory to be displayed. We are to use the Truth to fight injustice, bring healing and give hope to those who are hopeless. Today we are reminded that God is not calling us to be Christian “hermits” but he is calling us to openly shine and display His glory. I also want to share this poem that has deeply impacted my life and I hope it’s powerful words will encourage you to shine.

Our Deepest Fear

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, 'Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?' Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

-Marianne Williamson