Shine Forth

Matthew 5:14-16

"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.