In the Large Catechism, Luther wrote, “A truly Christian life is nothing else than a daily baptism once begun and ever to be continued.” As part of the Baptismal rite, a candle is lit and the words from Matthew are read; “Let your light so shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
God calls Christians to shine the light of Christ into all the dark corners of world. In Romans Paul tells us that “you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness.” In everything we say and do, the love and light of Christ should be seen. But how can we do this in our daily lives, how do we illumine the dark places that we frequent?
I read a suggestion the other day that I want to share. In restaurants we engage the person waiting on us and we pray before our meal. As part of that short conversation, find out what is going on in the person’s life and then pray for them as part of your blessing. This is one way the light of Christ in us can shine to others.
Prayer: Father in heaven, help us to shine the Light of Christ to everyone we meet today, in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Steven King, Pastor of Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lincolnton, NC.