Shine

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-15, NIV)

Jesus described Himself and His disciples as the “Light of the World”. Jesus said to His disciples, “Let your light shine”. So, let us be someone who does good deeds so that the people around you will glorify our Father in Heaven.

With many countries around the world still in lockdown, we the citizens of this world are going into the “new normal”.

How should I live during this pandemic? Apostle Paul reminded us in Philippians 3:20 that we are “the citizens of heaven”. We are living in this world but our citizenship is in Heaven. We should reflect characteristics that show we are citizens of heaven.

Firstly, I will follow the SOP set out by the government. We are to be in submission to the government (Romans 13:1). I practice social distancing as well as take care of my personal hygiene. I hope that when I am in the bank or when I am getting groceries in the store, I will be nice and courteous too.

Secondly, I put my trust in God. I know that God is sovereign. He is in control. He is Almighty. He can destroy the virus. I will look upon Him.

Thirdly, I should spend time in prayer and read His Word. This is to get to know Him and get to know His heart better. My relationship with God should be on-going, before the pandemic, during the pandemic and after the pandemic.

I love this prayer from Richard of Chichester (1197-1253):

Day-by-day

Thanks be to Thee, my Lord Jesus Christ,

For all the benefits you have given me,

For all the pains and insults you have borne for me.

O most merciful Redeemer, friend and brother,

May I know You more clearly,

Love you more dearly,

Follow You more nearly.     

Fourthly, stay in touch with family, friends and the community of faith. I am an introvert by nature. I love time by myself. But, this is the time where I can reach out to friends whom I have not been reaching out to due to the busyness of life. Just a message may encourage them. Think of creative ways to reach out to them.

St Teresa of Avila (1515-1582) wrote, “Christ has no body but yours, no hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion upon this world. Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good. Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world. Yours are the hands, yours are the feet, yours are the eyes, you are his body. Christ has no body now but yours, No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes with which he looks compassion on this world. Christ has no body now on earth but yours”.

I hope to do good and to bring God’s light to people living in fear.  Christ has no body now on earth but ours. May it be that I am willing to be the light that shines for Him and to glorify Him.

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