Word of Encouragement…
Grace and peace be unto you.
“You are the light of the world, a town built on a hill cannot be hidden. “…let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14;16).
Some time ago, I was going to a grocery store and crossed a traffic light. Shortly afterward, the light changed to red and the traffic in the adjacent line started moving. It so happened, that a motorist ran the red light and tried to cut in front of me. I thought to myself, “No way, you should have exercise restraint and waited your turn,” and so I blocked her and continued on my journey. When I drove into the grocery store parking lot, I looked in my rearview mirror and saw her drove in and parked. I thought, “Okay, we are going to the same place.” I parked and delayed getting out of my vehicle, in order to give her time to go into the grocery store, but it seemed as if she was stalling. And so, I got out and started walking towards the store. Before I could enter, she approached me and said, “You must not be so selfish when you are driving, your vehicle could be damaged by other motorists.” I thought to myself, “Interesting, you disobeyed the road code and are trying to justify your action, will you take responsibility for your conduct?” I looked at her and said, “Learn to obey the road code,” and immediately went into the store.
Since the incident, I have had time to reflect and ask the question, Was the light of Jesus evident in my actions? Sometimes, we can be so focused on enforcing what is legal that we miss an opportunity to shine for Jesus. The Bible says, “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36). We are alive today, because of God’s mercy. He does not treat us as our actions deserve or repay us according to our iniquities (Psalm 103:10-11). Likewise, He loves when we extend the same treatment to others. Hence, I could have shown mercy and allowed her in the line or used the interaction in the parking lot to demonstrate the love of Jesus.
We are the light of the world. Our good deeds shine in the darkness and testify about Jesus. It is said that our lives might be the only Bible that some people will ever read. We have the Holy Spirit to help us manage life’s challenges so that our good deeds will shine and glorify Christ. Nonetheless, we must acknowledge the presence of the Holy Spirit and accept His help.
Heavenly Father, I pray that we will recognize the Holy Spirit, extend mercy, forgiveness, and love in our daily activities. In Jesus’s name, Amen.