Matthew 5:14 (TPT) says, “Your lives light up the world. For how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?” That is Jesus saying that – about us!!
I’m sure we all, at some point in time, have driven in the blackness of night and seen patches of lights off in the distance and instinctively we know that is city or that is a small town in that direction – depending on the amount or type of light.
So, when is the last time you stopped to consider how much or what kind of light you are giving off? Clearly Jesus is making us aware that we are out in the open – as if up on a hilltop – like a city with its lights shining in the night. Even if you aren’t trying to be noticed, Jesus is telling us, as His followers, we are shining SOMETHING!! What are you shining to the world and how much? Maybe you’re saying, “But Pastor Cathy, how do I know what I’m supposed to be shining?” Look at verse 16:
“So don’t hide your light! Let it shine brightly before others, so that your commendable works will shine as light upon them, and then they will give their praise to your Father in heaven.”
What are the commendable works that Jesus is talking about? Here is the definition for the word “works” from The Blue Letter Bible website:
business, employment, that which anyone is occupied
that which one undertakes to do, enterprise, undertaking
any product whatever, anything accomplished by hand, art, industry, or mind
an act, deed, thing done: the idea of working is emphasized in opp. to that which is less than work
However, there is that word “commendable” in front of “works”, which means we need to know the meaning of “commendable” (or “good” as it is written in the King James Version). Using the Strong’s Concordance, here is the meaning of “good” in this passage:
καλός kalós, kal-os’; of uncertain affinity; properly, beautiful, but chiefly (figuratively) good (literally or morally), i.e. valuable or virtuous (for appearance or use, and thus distinguished from G18, which is properly intrinsic):—X better, fair, good(-ly), honest, meet, well, worthy.
In a nutshell – SHINE by being the beautiful, valuable, virtuous, honest, daughter of God you are, in all that you set your hands to do!!
Now, here’s a look at what is happening this week into next with our Radiant groups!
- Saturday, March 11th is our Advancing in Faith group. This group is using Brother Kenneth E. Hagin’s study guide, Bible Faith! We meet every 2nd & 4th Saturday of the month in the Living Room modular at 9 am. This group is also available online via Zoom. There is a $10 course fee that includes the Bible Faith Study Guide we will be using. To register for this group please go here: Registration
- Monday, March 13th is our weekly Radiant Discipleship group led by Pastor Cathy Grigg. We are currently going through Sister Gloria Copeland’s book on the Fruit of the Spirit and meet at 12:15 pm in the Hospitality Room. This group is also available via Zoom: Radiant Discipleship Link
- Tuesday, March 14th is our Growing From Glory to Glory group. A time to enjoy the Word of God, good teaching, and light refreshments with other women of EMIC. They meet every 2nd & 4th Tuesdays at 12:15 pm in the Hospitality Room.
- Wednesday, March 15th is our Radiant Bible Study. Enjoy the Word of God, and good teaching with other women of EMIC. We meet every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month in the Hospitality Room at 10:30 am.