I named my blog My Light for My Lord based on Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” It is one of my favorite verses, as it is one of the first verses ever spoken to me by the Holy Spirit. When I first started really embracing my Christianity, I couldn’t believe how bright my light was shining in honor of the Lord. My heart was on fire for Him. I wanted nothing more than to proclaim my love for Jesus Christ to the world. I wanted everyone to see Him through me. To see how good He is. I was glorifying the Lord in every way possible.
To expand on that verse, Matthew 5:13-16 reads like this: “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
And during my scripture studies, I found that Luke 11:33-36 reads so similar by saying this: “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
If that seems confusing, the NLT version explains it a little better: “No one lights a lamp and then hides it or puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light. But when it is unhealthy, your body is filled with darkness. Make sure that the light you think you have is not actually darkness. If you are filled with light, with no dark corners, then your whole life will be radiant, as though a floodlight were filling you with light.”
And Luke 8:16 says: “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.”
Our light for the Lord should be shining just as brightly as a well-lit room. And the Lord is the one who fills us up with that light. Jesus Himself is the light of the world, and He passes His light onto us so that we can glorify His name. As we shine our light before others, they will see the good example that we are setting. They will see how much we love the Lord, and how much joy He brings to us. And then it will encourage them to want to feel the same.
John 8:12 says this: “Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Thank you, Jesus.
John 9:5 says: “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”
And John 1:4-5 says: “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.”
Daniel 12:3 tells us that those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens: “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.”
We need to walk in the light as He is in the light: “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. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” I John 1:5-7
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8
“Therefore He says: “Awake, you who sleep, arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” Ephesians 5:14
“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.”
“Do not rejoice over me, my enemy; When I fall, I will arise; When I sit in darkness, the Lord will be a light to me.” Micah 7:8
“The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death light has dawned.” Matthew 4:16
“Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.” Ecclesiastes 2:13
There are a lot of beautiful Psalms about the light of the Lord:
“For You will light my lamp; The Lord my God will enlighten my darkness.” Psalms 18:28
“The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalms 27:1
“For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light.” Psalms 36:9
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Psalms 119:105
“The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.” Psalms 119:130
In John 12:35-36, Jesus predicts His death on the cross and says this to the people: “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; He who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
Revelation Chapter 21 talks about a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem. Verse 23 says: “The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.”
Read that verse again. The new Jerusalem had no need for the sun or the moon because the glory of God illuminated the city. Wow.
God has called us out of the darkness and into His wonderful light. And we must honor Him by letting His light shine through us and onto others.
I am going to leave you with this final verse:
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” James 1:17
God bless you all.