Let It Shine

Written by: Steve Crowder

From his youth, Steve knew he was called into the ministry which ultimately led him to Applied Life Christian College in Arkansas. Now as Lead Pastor of Highway, after two decades of ministry experience, marriage and raising three kids, Steve teaches with unique insight and practical application.

December 24, 2023

Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

I love Christmas time! Not to the elevated level that my wife does, but it is a pretty great time of the year as we open presents, spend time with people we love and celebrate the birth of Jesus. And who doesn’t love the carols and hot cocoa or watching your favorite holiday specials on TV! You just can’t beat the feelings this season generates inside you! 

But, have you ever thought what Christmas would be like without any of those  festive lights? No houses or yards to drive around and look at, or trees adorned with those twinkling beauties! It’s hard to imagine that because it’s always been there. Right? That’s what we do to celebrate Christmas! 

1 John 1:5 tells us that “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all.”

Sure, there is a darkness in the world that is undeniable…a darkness that touches the lives of everyone regardless of age, race or gender. It is to this spiritual darkness that the words of John speak. He calls us not to a passive acceptance of the present realities around us, but to embrace the God of new possibilities, the God of resurrections who can bring light into the very darkness that tries to overtake us. God has not abandoned the world to wait for some future time in which to come and fix it all. God is the God of our present moments, invading the darkness to bring light. Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us’!

And in his infinite wisdom, he chooses to bring his light to the world through us! You and me. The passage recorded by the disciple Matthew is a declaration from Jesus to each one of you, “You are the light of the world”. You are the one he is desiring to bring hope through. You are the one he wants to reveal his love through to others this Christmas! So let’s shine, baby! Plug in those lights…get your twinkle going…don’t be afraid to bring a little joy to others around you. You were never created to be hidden in seclusion, so let HIS light shine through!

Wishing each of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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