Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
See also Philippians 2:5-16
• We shine our light by obeying God and doing the good works he has prepared for us.
• In this way, we copy our Lord Jesus who was a light to us when obeyed his Father and did the work that had been prepared for him.
• Our good deeds are meant to be seen by those in darkness for they reveal the character of God.
• Our good deeds bring glory to God.
Being sure of these points I was still asking myself how and what. Scripture tells us our “righteous acts are like filthy rags” (Isaiah 64:6) and Jesus told the rich young ruler that no one except God is “good” (Luke 18:19) so clearly these good works cannot originate from us. They must stem from the light of Jesus within us; the promptings of the Holy Spirit. And what are these good works? Philippians 2:16 says “shine as stars as we hold out the Word of Life” and so I have concluded that everything that brings life and hope and acceptance is a good work that reveals God’s character, but so also are any works that bring truth, repentance, reconciliation and discipline. The works of mercy used in the catholic church may help give you some ideas of what God might be calling you to do – why don’t you ask him to lead you into one of those good works today (and tomorrow and thereafter!)? Do all this though remembering that our good deeds are just one of the ways that we copy our Father in heaven.
Prayer: Father, I want to be with you and do the things you do.
Father, I want to speak the words that you are speaking too.
Father, I want to love the ones that you will draw to you, for I know that I am one with you. Lord please lead me and continue to work within me so that these desires become a visible reality for others to see. Amen