Magnify Your Light
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Jesus says that He wants us to let our light shine and not keep it hidden. It brings God glory when someone shows the fruit of their new life in Him and it helps bring others to Him like a lighthouse signals to boats that they are near land. We need to magnify our light and that is what Paul says in Romans:
“13 For I speak to you Gentiles, inasmuch as I am the apostle of the Gentiles, I magnify mine office: 14 If by any means I may provoke to emulation them which are my flesh, and might save some of them.” Romans 11:13-14
Paul is saying that he magnifies his office, meaning he is making his calling as apostle known so those that are his flesh or family which in this case would be Jewish people would imitate what he is doing in Jesus Christ and end up saved. Just like what many true Christians do today, when they get saved they change so much and do not make it a small thing. They will take the message to the streets, pass out tracts, get involved in church. They will post all over Facebook the truths of Jesus. Their unsaved family members on their friends list will many times find out that abortion is murder, homosexuality is an abomination, Roman Catholicism is a pedophile enabling cult and Halloween is of the devil based on the new types of things they share on Facebook compared to the old stupid things. This will anger many of them, but nonetheless it will give them the truth and it does it by a Christian magnifying the truth of Jesus and the Bible. Some may end up repenting and getting saved over the truth being seen. Will some of the family members or worldly friends go away? Yes of course, because when you are showing your light darkness will not be able to handle it:
“14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?” 2 Corinthians 6:14-15
People on a cruise ship may not enjoy seeing the lighthouse on the shore because they are enjoying the vacation and this is how many are with sin, they love it so much that they want to avoid the light because it convicts them and that is a reason why people who you thought were your friends and family may avoid you when you start standing for the truth and letting your light shine. But those who are battling and being tossed to and fro in the middle of a storm rejoice to see the lighthouse and those are the ones that the light has been lit for. If you claim to be a Christian does your family or neighbors even know that you are saved? Are you ashamed or hiding your light from them to keep the peace? Jesus asks what good will this do?
“14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.” Matthew 5:14-15
Do not be afraid to let your light shine or to magnify your light. Do not be ashamed of the truth that you have with the Holy Ghost living inside of you. Never be afraid of the truth offending someone. It will definitely thin our your family and friends but it may be exactly what is needed for a person to realize that there is something that you have that they do not and it may be what leads them to turn to Jesus. By letting your light shine with the truth of God’s Word which often is unpopular it may also be what convicts someone to repent.
“104 Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. 106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy righteous judgments.” Psalms 119:104-106