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Trying to Hide in Plain Sight

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Created by Sermon Research Assistant on Sep 27, 2023
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Explore and understand Jesus' teaching in Matthew 5:14-16 about being a light in the world, doing good deeds, and glorifying God through our actions.

Introduction

Good morning, brothers and sisters, it’s good to be with you today. I'm thrilled to dive into a powerful piece of Scripture with you today, one that I believe can illuminate our lives and guide our actions. We're looking at Matthew 5:14-16, where Jesus teaches us about living a life of light, the power of good deeds, and the impact of our actions.

Let me first share a thought from Frederick Buechner, who once said, "Your vocation in life is where your greatest joy meets the world's greatest need." I think this quote beautifully mirrors what Jesus is teaching in our Scripture passage today.

Living a Life of Light

Jesus begins by declaring, "You are the light of the world." This is a powerful statement that carries a profound truth about our identity as Christians. We are not merely passive observers in this world, but active participants with a divine purpose. We are called to be a beacon of hope, a source of guidance, and a reflection of God's love.

Not about being perfect or without flaws: Instead, it's about allowing God's grace to shine through our imperfections. It's about being authentic, transparent, and real. It's about letting the light of Christ shine through us, even in our brokenness.

A beacon in the darkness: We become a source of hope and encouragement for those who are lost, hurting, or in despair. We become a guiding light that points others towards the love and grace of God.

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A source of illumination: It means shedding light on the truth, exposing injustice, and standing up for what is right. It means being a voice for the voiceless, a defender of the weak, and a champion for those who are oppressed.

A reflection of God's love: It means loving others as God loves us, with a love that is unconditional, sacrificial, and selfless. It means showing kindness, compassion, and mercy to those around us. It means being a living testament of God's love in action.

Not always easy: It requires courage, perseverance, and faith. It requires us to step out of our comfort zones, to take risks, and to face challenges head-on. But the rewards are immeasurable. When we live a life of light, we not only bring light into the lives of others, but we also experience the joy, peace, and fulfillment that comes from living a life of purpose and meaning.

The Power of Good Deeds

Jesus is not merely suggesting that we do good deeds, but rather, He is commanding us to let our light shine before others through our actions ... View this full PRO sermon free with PRO

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