May 9, 2014

matthew4-16

Exodus 24:1-18; Colossians 2:8-23; Matthew 4:12-17

Light is a wonderful thing. It illumines our path at night as we walk. The sunlight helps us to do our tasks during the day. One of my favorite songs we sing at church camp is from Psalm 119:105: “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.” While Jesus was on earth he was the light of the world and told us to let our lights shine so others could see our good works and give glory to God.

Read again Matthew 4:13-16. In these verses the Apostle writes of how Jesus’ life, even his travel, followed God’s plans and fulfilled Scripture. When Jesus moved his base of operation from Nazareth to Capernaum, his light shined for the people there to see. Once relocated, Jesus began his ministry by preaching, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

When we live in obedience to the God’s Word, we too fulfill Scripture. We do God’s will. We are a light that shines Christ’s light in the world for people to see. By grace through faith, Jesus relocates into our hearts through the Holy Spirit to empower us to be his light in the world.

Prayer: Dear, Lord Jesus, illumine my life that I may know you and share the light of your love with those I meet this day. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Carl Haynes,
Dean of the Carolinas Mission District, and the
Pastor of Christiana Lutheran Church in Salisbury, NC.

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