Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
Let your light shine before men. In other words, let the brilliant light of Jesus’ resurrection break forth through the very pores of your skin so that all may know that because of Jesus’ transforming effect on your heart you are fully equipped for His good works. Glory to God.
There are two ways you can consider the meaning of the word ‘shine.’ One is to manifest a bright light, especially by rays. This brings the sun to my mind. Since the sun provides our primary source of energy, life on earth would not exist if it were not for the sun. This bright star our earth revolves around shines with brilliance, and its rays reach down to earth, touching everything. Oh yes, the sun created by God holds a tiny resemblance to the Son of the Father. Eighty percent of the sun’s rays penetrate through clouds and fog. Expect the brilliant manifestation of God’s light in you to penetrate through the gloomiest, cloudy and foggy mind.
The relationship between the sun and earth also reminds me of our relationship with Jesus. We revolve around the Son; the Son does not revolve around us. We would not exist without Him. Just as we need the sun for energy, the energy for our strength to do good things comes from the Son (Ephesians 1:19, 6:10, Colossians 1:29, Hebrews 11:34, 1 Peter 4:11). Glory to God.
A second meaning for the word ‘shine’ is to perform very well. When we accomplish God’s good works, the brilliant light of God shines through us, and man can’t help but give glory to God.
Don’t grow weary in doing good (2 Thessalonians 3:13) sweet things because it is God’s will that you silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good (1 Peter 2:15). True believers are God’s luminaries, so go forth and SHINE! I enthusiastically say in advance, glory to God!
In His grace,