“Ye are the light of the world,” by Louis A. Dole

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“Ye are the light of the world.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14, 16

Readings

Isaiah 58 · Matthew 5:13-24 · Psalm 104:1-23

Sermon

The Lord spoke these words to His apostles. It was not that they were a light of themselves but that they could so live that the Lord’s light could shine through them. Everyone who learns the truths of the Word and seeks to live according to them and to bring this truth to others is an apostle. The purpose of acquiring knowledge from the Word is that we may come to know the Lord ourselves and be able to lead others to Him.

One of the greatest perversions of the truth is to do what is right not for the sake of right but for the sake of being thought of as good by others. This leads to self-glorification. Our text teaches us that our good works are to be seen but that they should lead men to their source, not to ourselves.

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