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OUTWARD APPEARANCES CAN DECEIVE YOU

May 3, 2017

Wednesday

 

Matthew 5:16

 

“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.

 

LESSON

 

Jesus proceeded to clarify His disciples’ calling and ministry in the world to encourage

them to endure persecution and to fulfill God’s purpose for them. “Light” is a common symbol in the Bible. It represents purity, truth, knowledge, divine revelation, and God’s presence—all in contrast to their opposites. The Israelites thought of themselves as lights in a dark world. However, the Old Testament spoke of Messiah as the true light of the world. Jesus’ disciples are lights in the derived sense, as the moon is a light but only because it reflects the light of the sun

 

The disciples must therefore manifest “good works,” the outward demonstration or testimony to the righteousness that is within them. Even though the light may provoke persecution, they

must reflect the light of God.

 

We are entrusted with the light of God’s truth, that truth is our Savior Jesus Christ. It behooves us to reach ever higher to come together in ever larger numbers so that the light of our individual candles becomes a beacon that penetrates the darkness. The world is watching you. In your role, as the “light”, people around you will not slip and fall, or make mistakes that will make them regret bitterly. Even if they do slip, they will recognize their mistake and seek God’s solution.

 

Memory Verse: Proverbs 17:22

Mirrors should think longer before they reflect.

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