“What Jesus Demands From The World” – Daily Devotional (7/25/10): Demand #48 “Let Your Light Shine Before Others – The Joyful Sacrifice of Love in Suffering”

John 8:12

When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

John 9:5

“While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”

Matthew 5: 14-16

You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”

“After seeing that Jesus’ and the Father’s and the Spirit’s supreme passion is to display the glory of God, it should not be surprising that the followers of Jesus should be drawn into this passion.Live in such a way that people look at your life and make much of your God. That is what Jesus demands.

The light that we let shine is the light that we are. Jesus said, “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14). So there is a movement from the inside to the outside. What people see from the outside is our “good works.” But that is not who we are. The good works have a light source from inside. The key to understanding what the light is that shines out through good works is the aim of the works, namely, that people see and give glory to God. Why do they give glory to God and not to us? Because the light that is shining out is the light of God, or the light of Jesus who is the revelation of the glory of God. (pg. 356-357)”

“Followers of Jesus are not do-gooders with no eternal aims for those they love. They know exactly what the greatest and highest and most joyful good is: seeing and savoring God in Jesus forever. This is their aim and they are unashamed of it. They think any lesser aim is a failure of love … This will make no sense at all to a person who does not see and savor the glory of God above all other gifts. But for those who have renounced all that this world offers (Luke 14:33) and set their heart on the “great reward” in heaven, namely, the enjoyment of the glory of Jesus, Jesus’ purchase of this reward at the cost of his life will be the greatest act of love imaginable… When Jesus calls us to let our light shine that others may see our good deeds and glorify God, he is calling us to join him in the work he came to do. And just as he pursued the glory of his Father through his final act of dying, he expects that we will do the same… Jesus simply takes it for granted that his disciples will make God look good in the way they die (pg. 359-360).”

“Jesus’ demand to the world is that all human beings find in him the all-satisfying glory for which we were made. Then he demands that we turn from trusting in anything else and bank our hope on the great reward of everlasting joy in him. And then, in that hope and joy, he demands that we let that light shine in sacrificial good deeds of love, so that others will see and savor and spread the glory of God (pg. 362).”

*** Please feel free to watch the video “Go Light Your World” by Chris Rice (which is posted on my Vodpod on this page) and take personally Jesus’ call to share your light with those in your world, locally and globally.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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