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Pretty Lights

“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.” – Matthew 5:14-16

One of our favorite activities at Christmas time is to drive around different areas to see the lights with which neighbors have adorned their homes.

Some people like multi-colored lights, some like all blue, and some like all white. There are those who like lights that blink on and off, others who like them running after each other, and yet others who prefer that they just stay on. Some displays are simple, with lights only around a tree or a bush, or maybe along their gutters. Other displays involve gutters, trees, doors, windows, stairs and bushes. Yet other light displays are vying for the Neighborhood Griswold Trophy!

The point is that there are many different ways to display lights around our homes at Christmas, and all are very pretty and attractive, or at least will get your notice. There is great deal of individuality and effort that goes into these chosen displays. Some people choose not to put any lights up at all. But when it comes to spreading the gospel, there is no choice, only a command.

Christians are told that we are the light of the world, and that we are to let our light “shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father.” Not everyone’s approach will be exactly the same. Just like some folks have their preferences about colors, action and amount of lights displayed, Christians will vary their own style and manner of displaying the love of Christ. Some Christians may feel led to serve food at the soup kitchen, some may work with the youth at church, and others may be led to be missionaries. But like all these houses are unified in that they display lights, we are unified in that we share the good news.

Let us determine to display our light for all the world to see!

And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. He who has believed and has been baptized shall be saved; but he who has disbelieved shall be condemned.” – Mark 16:15-16

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