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How can we be the light of the world?

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"Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." (Matthew 5:13-16) We are called to be the salt in the world! Salt and light...just what does that mean? \- When salt is applied, it dissolves inward and disappears. The salt speaks of the inward part, the character of the Christian. \- Jesus also described His people as being like light, which is on the outside. The light speaks of the testimony of a follower of Christ, revealing and illuminating the truth. Let's now look at the Scripture and ask: who, what, and how. Jesus was speaking to a crowd of just ordinary folks. Yet Christ said to them, "You are the light of the world." And today, you are the light of the world. That's how God intends to get his work done on earth today: through you! And that's how God intends to get his work done on earth today: through you! It's not just pastors and missionaries who are the light; it's everybody who loves the Lord. You see, the world doesn't understand. The world looks at Christians and thinks, "They don't count." God takes an ordinary person and uses them to share His message to people who needed Him. When we share our faith, we spread His light. Jesus describes what we are in this passage - the light of the world, not the light of the church. That means we have to get beyond the church walls and take the light out to where it is dark. You were saved to shine! Don't hide your testimony or be ashamed to take your Bible to work. Don't be afraid to pray over your lunch at school. Let others know that you love the Lord Jesus. Jesus also talked of the strength of collective light. Each house in a city with its lights on cast a glow across the sky. As Christians come together, there is a glow for the Lord that we cannot create individually. We shine brightest when we shine together. How can we shine for God? Jesus says that we are to let our lights shine before men in such a way that they will see our good works and glorify God. That's how we do it. We live for God. We have to surrender our lives to Him completely. Christ says we are to "let" our lights shine. In other words, when you get right with God and are filled with the Holy Spirit, He will simply shine through you. You can't help it; light just pours forth. Are you willing to burn brightly for the Lord? Taken from "Bright Lights in a Dark World" by Love Worth Finding Ministries (used by permission). Originally posted here: http://www.jesus.org/following-jesus/evangelism-and-missions/how-can-we-be-the-light-of-the-world.html

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1 Sarah R = "When we come to faith, God wants to change us both inside and outside. When God works on us inwardly, an outward change is seen. When we live outwardly how God calls us to, it changes us inwardly. To sum it up: God wants all of us, inside and out."
2 Sarah R = "We often think that God can't use us. We think we have nothing to give, or we focus on our failures and flaws. But if we look at the people God used in the Bible, we see that God specializes in using flawed people: Noah got drunk, Abraham lied and deceived and slept with his wife's slave, Moses begged God to send someone else, Jacob fought with his brother (and just about everyone else, too), Elijah got depressed and discouraged, Jonah ran away from God, Matthew cheated his own people for a living, Peter denied Christ three times, Paul persecuted and killed Christians. Yet each of these did amazing things for God. Can God use you too? Absolutely. "
3 Sarah R = "Make your daily prayer that of John the Baptist in John 3:30, that you might decrease, that God's Spirit might increase within you."