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Letting Our Light Shine

By Don Loftis | 02.25.15

There are numerous occasions in the Bible where people hid for safety.  Moses’ parents hid him from Pharaoh’s servants for as long as possible, so he would not be put to death.  Rahab hid the Israelite spies in Jericho, and young David spent a great deal of time in caves hiding from king Saul.  Peter even “disappears” for a short time after being miraculously freed from prison.

There are other times when hiding is clearly not endorsed.  Adam and Eve were hiding from God in the garden because of their guilt.  During the process of selecting a king, Samuel and his representatives found Saul hiding in the “baggage”.  He does not appear to be campaigning for the job.  Later, Jonah tried to hide from God’s prophetic call by taking a boat to Tarshish.

Early in Matthew’s account of the sermon on the mount Jesus says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.  Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

We need to be public in our confession of Christ, public in living out the values of Jesus, and public in our good deeds.  The world must know where we stand in good times as well as difficult ones.  Someone summarized it well by saying, “I hope if I am accused of being a Christian, that there would be enough evidence to convict me.”


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