You Are Light

5th MAY 2022

Christ for Youth International

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. [‭‭Matthew 5:13–16 ‬, ‭NLT‬‬]

Leadership is influence.

As kingdom people, everything we do, we must do as unto the Lord! People hear the word leadership and immediately think to shy away from it because of what we make it out to be. Our call to leadership, however, goes beyond what we might have made it out to be. When we think of our priestly calling, we should recognise that we are called to make an impact in our fields and to the ends of the world.

As the encounter of one of our leaders shows, even in the little things such as tending plants, we are given an opportunity to show up in leadership. Where you work is a field you’ve been given to steward and lead. The same is true even in our families, in our friendships, in our community, in our schools, in whatever role — no matter how simple it appears to the next person. The Word of God admonishes us that we should do everything as unto the Lord.

Wherever you find yourself, God wants you to express your leadership there. We learn from our opening scripture that we do not light a lamp to conceal it. Instead, it is set where it gives light to all in nearness.

We have been made joint-heirs with Jesus, and He calls us light because He is the light. Jesus did give us a great example of how He led while here. This is to encourage us to know who we are and what God has made us.

As Kingdom people, our influence should be seen in every sphere or facet. We possess and enter the corridors of power, yes! Yet, our influence is still limitless. Every gift you have received from God, every skill you have acquired or mastered, is an opportunity to bring God glory.

We are called to lead in every area. When we do cower or shy away from leadership, we deny the world of seeing God in us. That means, when we gravitate more towards letting our lights shine, we do so to the glory of God as we give others a reason to be encouraged and to equally decide to do the same. Letting your light shine means you care about others, it is not selfish but selfless to let your light shine. Verse 16 of our main scripture says that we should let our so light shine so that all will see and give God the glory.

We leave you with this question to ponder today: “How are you leading today?”

If you have been feeling intimidated by the word leadership and all that it seems to present or have a fear to walk in your call to leadership, say this prayer today and let us thank God for the renewal of our minds. Thank Him for the strength and courage He is bringing your way!

Dear Father, thank You for making me a joint heir with Christ! I know who You say I am; a city set on a Hill. Thank You for taking away the fear of leadership. I thank You, for You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of love and of sound mind. May I walk in my priestly calling from today, letting my light shine in every area of life. I pray that I continue to see every opportunity to share my heart, gift, or life with people as an opportunity to give You glory! In Jesus’ Name.

Further Reading: 1 Peter 2:9 / Matthew 5: 13–1

Bible In One Year: Esther [1–4]

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