Matthew 5:14-15 —— “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.
You are the light of the world. What does that mean? The light that people see is the good works that we do. The good works are the works that are done in obedience to the living God. That includes our character, our conduct, our actions, and our spoken testimony.
It is when we live a life characterised by a righteousness that we shine like stars in the darkness of this world. You will appear as light in the world when you live a blameless life, a righteous life.
John 3:19-21 —— And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.”
Why do people reject God’s wonderful offer of salvation through Jesus Christ? You would think that everyone would eagerly grab the life preserver that God has thrown out through the gospel. Why would anyone reject such a wonderful offer? Why would anyone want to keep heading for eternal destruction?
People reject Christ because they love their sin and they hate having it exposed by God’s light.
People don’t want God interfering with what they consider “a good time,” and they don’t believe the warnings of Scripture that they are under God’s judgment now and will face it eternally when they die.
People think that they’re basically good and that God will overlook their faults and give them credit for their good deeds on judgment day. So they don’t repent of their sin and believe in Jesus Christ to save them from God’s judgment.
People loved darkness rather than light from the day Adam disobeyed God. By nature man is corrupt. In man is the nature of selfishness – always thinking about himself. Any person who only thinks about himself always lives a low life. However, when God created Adam, he was created in God’s likeness and was created to be selfless. The nature of the devil is to be selfish. The nature of God is selfless – a giver.
God works this way (He serves others), and He wants us to do the same. Jesus died so we could hang out with God. We say we’re thankful for that. We say it’s the best thing that’s ever happened to us. Serving others is the result of truly realising what Jesus did for us. We actually want to tell everyone in the world about it, not just through what we say but also through what we do.
Serving others is the result of our insane thankfulness. That’s the motivation behind serving. That’s why we serve. Because serving gives us a way to live THE thankfulness we feel.
OFTEN THE ANSWER TO OUR PRAYER DOES NOT COME WHILE WE ARE ON OUR KNEES BUT WHILE WE ARE ON OUR FEET SERVING THE LORD AND SERVING THOSE AROUND US.