Our soul winning passage from the Word of God today is Matthew 5:14-16 which reads: “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.”
Allow me to share with you some important insights regarding this Scripture from David Guzik’s Commentaries on the Bible:
Jesus gives the Christian both a great compliment and a great responsibility when He says that we are the light of the world, because He claimed that title for Himself as He walked this earth.
The purpose of light is to illuminate and expose what is there. Therefore light must be exposed before it is of any use – if it is hidden under a basket, it is no longer useful.
Just like a city that is set on a hill, it goes against the very nature and purpose of light for it to be hidden. When a Christian hides his light, he fights himself and the Holy Spirit by never letting his light so shine before men.
Even as lamps are placed higher so their light can be more effective, we should look for ways to let our light shine in greater and broader ways.
The purpose in letting our light so shine by doing good works is so that others will glorify God, not ourselves. Light is needed because the world is in darkness, and if our Christianity imitates the darkness, we have nothing to show the world.
Our soul winning quote today is from Scott Dawson. He said: “Pure motives are extremely important. Our intentions must spring out of our passion to help others and share Christ, not to make ourselves look good to others or make us feel good about ourselves.”
Our soul winning devotional is part 66 of our series titled “What Evangelism Is” from Dave Earley and David Wheeler.
Evangelism Is…Being the Change You Wish to See In the World (Part 5)
Not Far from the Kingdom
One day a scribe attempted to trick Jesus by asking Him which of all the commands was the greatest. Jesus quoted the Old Testament when he replied: “And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”
The man to whom Jesus had spoken understood His words. He comprehended that love was more valuable than offerings and sacrifices. Jesus agreed.
Mark 12:32-34 reads, “And the scribe said unto him, Well, Master, thou hast said the truth: for there is one God; and there is none other but he: And to love him with all the heart, and with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his neighbour as himself, is more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices. And when Jesus saw that he answered discreetly, he said unto him, Thou art not far from the kingdom of God.”
No amount of sacrifice or tradition (church attendance, tithing, religious practices, etc.) can compare to the second greatest commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This means to meet needs and find ways to engage in the lives of unreached neighbors. The command to love is a call to action. In doing so, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.”
Open Your Eyes, Meet Needs, and Share Christ
We can easily close our eyes to others’ needs, but once we become aware of needs, we must do what we can to meet those needs. This can require food, medicine, or hard work. The key is a willingness to sacrifice time, energy, or money.
Once we have built a ministry bridge to the heart of the person we are serving, we need to share Christ. Do not hesitate to share your testimony and the gospel with those you serve. People are usually more open to spiritual matters when they are hurting or humbled.
In our next broadcast, we will look at why evangelism is…Learning to Listen.