“No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.”
14 ‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Jesus describes himself in John’s Gospel as “the light of the world” (8.12). In Matthew 5 he encourages his followers to see themselves in a similar way. The good news of God’s kingdom we have heard is news to be shared, not kept secret or hidden.
How much is witnessing to God’s love for creation part of your own Christian witness? Or that of your local church community? Is it time to make your concern more visible?
As well as adjustments in our own lives, tackling climate change will require governments and businesses to make big changes. Take time to convey your concerns as a citizen, consumer, voter and member of your church.
Prayer for the week
Spirit of truth and love,
Life giving, holy dove,
Speed forth your flight!
Move on the water’s face
Bearing the lamp of grace,
And in earth’s darkest place
Let there be light!
From “Thou whose almighty word”,
by John Marriott (1780–1825)
Let your light shine
Jesus calls us to share his light with the world. Can you suggest ways your family, school or church could take better care of creation?