Mat 5:16 (KJV): “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Among the ancient Greeks the runner that won the race was not the man who crossed the line in the shortest time, but the man who crossed it in the least time with his torch still burning. We are so busy with life's activities that we are in danger of allowing the torch of our spiritual life to become extinguished. - Doran's Ministers' Manual.
How to shine before men?
~Don’t be ashamed.
~Don’t be intimidated.
~Don’t cover your light to avoid others discovering it.
~Let it penetrate and dispel the darkness around you.
~Let them see your good works.
~Let them see how you love even when you’re treated unfairly.
~How you’re kind and generous in situations of favoritism and injustice.
~How you’re patient and self-controlled in the midst of irritation and inefficiency.
It is our choices that will ultimately be an example of Christ to the world and ultimately bring glory to God. And as our very lives reflect His light, He is glorified through us. (jacquewatkins.com)
“We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.” - D.L. Moody.