What Does Matthew 5:16 Mean?

"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 5:16(NASB)

Verse Thoughts

When God redeemed us through the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our eternal future was assured forever. And as we live as strangers in an alien world, where Satan has become the god of this world for a season, we are blessed indeed for it is God who works in us, both to will and to do to His good pleasure.

In other words the good works that we do in spirit and truth are not our own good works, for of ourselves we can do nothing that is worthy of God’s praise. The good work that we do is the new-life of Christ within us, that is working through us. It is the new, born-again life of Christ that we received when we were born from above, that carries out any good works that we do, so that others may see our good works and glorify our Father Who is in heaven. Indeed we have this light in earthen vessels, to demonstrate that the good works that we do are from God, and not from us.

Christ is the true Light that came into the world, and when we trusted Him as Saviour. He is the light and life of God filled our human spirit with His Own pure light, and God desires that all His children will grow into spiritual maturity.

Let us seek to grow through humble obedience to His Word, so that our baby life may grow in grace and in a knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ. so that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God, according to HIS power that is at work within us.

My Prayer

Father I pray that the light of Christ in my heart may shine brightly before men, in such a way that they may see the good works that I do in Your power and strength – and glorify You, my Lord and my God, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN.

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