"Here's another way to put it: You're here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We're going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don't think I'm going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I'm putting you on a light stand. Now that I've put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand--shine!" (The Message)
The picture above is of my grandmother's well-used Bible. I treasure it for the Words of the Lord, but also for the notes my grandmother left. She used the King James Bible, and I have often found it helpful. Recently I have been reading the Message Bible Translation of the New Testament and have discovered thoughts I hadn't recognized in the King James Translation. Matthew 7:14-16 is one of those passages. The use of the word, "shine!" is pretty emphatic, more so than I have gotten from other translations. So, Jesus tells me to shine; it's not a suggestion, it's a command that I shine in order to allow others to see God in me. Just how do I do that? I can do as He says in verse twelve of Matthew, chapter seven; "Do unto others as I would have them do to me." I can be kind. I can be helpful. I can be joyful. I can be a servant. I can be understanding. I can live the love of God, keeping His Word at all times, even when it's difficult.