“Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)
If a child misbehaves, the parents are held accountable. If an employee provides poor service, his company gets a bad name. If Christians treat others unjustly, this strengthens unbelievers in their dislike of the Lord God. But this can also work the other way around! When people know that we are Christians and our way of life strikes them in a positive way, it can cause even skeptics to glorify God. Then our life radiates light, pointing to the Light of the world, Jesus Christ. Then other people see that our lives are influenced for the better by our faith in a good and gracious God. Then our actions show something of His justice and love. And that may cause unbelievers to reconsider their negative opinions and stop blaspheming God. They may even become curious about our faith and want to know more about the Lord. In this way, we can be a link in the expansion of God’s Kingdom and contribute to His glory.
Can you think of some specific examples of “good works” that other people might see in your life?