This devotion was originally written for the Chase Oaks Church website. Read the Devotion on the Chase Oaks website…..
Matthew 5:13–16 (NASB)
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;15nor 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.16“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.
“You are the light of the world.” I often hear, and think myself, that this world is becoming such a dark place, and it seems to me that the darkness comes from negative attitudes, words, and actions. Watch any newscast, and it is one story after another of murder, sexual misconduct, kidnapping, political rants, countries threatening war—and it keeps happening every single day. So, how can one person make a difference?
Well, what chases away darkness? Light! And that light starts with you and me. God is light, and His light shines on us through His love. He calls us to take His love and shine it onto the dark world. Deborah Smith Pegues wrote a book, 30 Days to Taming your Tongue, in which she challenges you to go through one full day without saying anything negative. Now, I’m a pretty positive person (or so I thought), but you have no idea how hard this is until you try it.
Can you imagine the impact this simple challenge would have on those around you? Our light of positive comments would shine brightly in a world of negativity, and I have found that encouraging, positive words are incredibly contagious. Try it sometime with someone you know who tends to be negative. It may take a little time, but you will notice them starting to add more positivity into their words too.
Changing our words to ones of positivity and encouragement is just one way we can be the light of the world. People will notice the difference when you always find something positive to say or when you don’t engage in negative conversations. And when they notice they will ask you why, which will easily fling open the door to share your faith in God.
It only takes a few changes in our thoughts and actions to stand out and shine God’s love in a dark world. Are you up for the challenge?
Written by Diana Wells
Wife of Gerry. Mother of Caleb. Child of God.