2021.01.06 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Wednesday, January 6, 2021 comes to us from Patrick Klingaman of Maine
Matthew 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (CEB) Let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven
“Go and Glow”
When I think about being a light to the world, I remember one of my favorite childhood toys: a glow-in-the-dark, synthetic-rubber super ball. If I carried it in my pocket all day, it was merely a ball that could bounce really high. But if I left it out in the sun, it would provide hours of nighttime play with its green glow.
I think my faith journey often resembles that little ball. On days when I am able to focus on God and God’s presence – through prayer, time reading the Bible, acts of service – I can almost feel a glow from within. And like the ball, the brightness of my shining is dependent on regular contact with a greater source of light.
Jesus has called us to be his light to the world. I believe those who shine are meant to move out into the night. Just as objects that glow are most useful in the dark, so our simple loving presence in a troubled world has great value.
Still, we all face days when we don’t feel all that shiny and bright. During those times, it helps me to think about tiny light sources like a match, a small flashlight, or my childhood super ball. When we step out to help others, even our faintest glow can serve as a beacon of God’s love.
Prayer Focus: For Ways my Life can Shine more Brightly
Prayer: Dear God, fill us with your light and love. Guide us into opportunities today and every day where we can brighten the lives of others. Amen.
Thought for the Day: How can God use me to light the world?
— Patrick Klingaman
At this time of year, this reflection makes me think of the luminaries that light some paths and of all the lights that twinkle and shine on homes and businesses, reminding us of the light of Christ. They remind me that they can shine through me, especially when the world seems the most dark.
This is a call for all of us to find our inner lights and let them shine out into God’s world.