Sabbath Devotional 1
June 18, 2018.                                                                                    First published February 6, 2010
LESSON: Letting Your Light Shine

Jesus tells us to let our light shine before everyone so they may see our good works.

Doesn't that sound like we may be a bit boastful in letting everyone see our good works?  But, then Jesus
continues, "...and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Metaphysically, light is higher consciousness or intelligence. Heaven represents the spiritual realm.

Since these verses came directly after the Beatitudes, Jesus is telling us that in order to be of the heavenly realm,
we do "good works" which are the nine beatitudes beginning with, "Blessed,"  the "good works" that everyone will
see.
These are:
Humility, penitence, meekness, spiritual longing, mercy, pure heart, peacemaking, and persecution for the Lord's
sake.
(Keeping a smiling countenance doesn't hurt either).

Let us learn these "good works" well so that we can glorify our Father in heaven. Let it SHINE!
ESSAY:  From: "You are the Light of the World" By Archbishop Cyril Salim Bustros

What does mean “to glorify God”, or “to give glory to your Father who is in heaven”? To glorify God means to be the
living proof in this world of the existence of God. God is not someone, some “big brother”, who lives outside the
world. He is present in this world; He is the Holy transcendent dimension of this world. That is the profound meaning
of the Incarnation. “The Holy, the Son of God” (Luke 1:35), “the Word of God, who ‘was in the beginning with God”,
He “through whom all things were made”, He in whom “was life, and the life was the light of he world” (John 1: 1-4),
came “to dwell among us” (John 1:14) to “make his home with us” (John 14: 23).

By our holy deeds we manifest his presence. There is a difference between “the existence” and “the presence”.  To
the atheists who don’t believe in God, we cannot prove the “existence” of God somewhere in the sky, but we can
manifest his “presence” in us by our holy deeds. We are called to be the continuation of the Incarnation. In Him Who
is the Son of God we also become sons of God, in Him who is the light of the world we become the light of the world.
We are responsible of manifesting the presence of God in this world. There is a permanent battle between atheism
and faith, between darkness and light. And in this battle, the destiny of the world depends on us. God has overcome
darkness when He created the world, as we read in the first chapter of the Book of Genesis “In the beginning, when
God created the heavens and the earth, the earth was a formless wasteland, and darkness covered the abyss, while
a might wind swept over the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’, and there was light” (1:1-3).”
http://www.melkite.org/Bustros/06aftPent.htm
"May the words of my mouth, and the meditations of my heart be acceptable to You, Oh Lord,
My Rock and Redeemer."

Psalms 19:14
READING:

You are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.    
Neither do men light a lamp and put it under a  bushel, but on a lamp stand;
and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.    
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                
PRAYER

Dearest Lord of my being,
Thank you for blessing me with all that I need
to be the best that I can be.
I am so grateful for your love, light, and peace.
May I always be aware of your presence
and may I love and honor you above all things.
I need you in my heart, in my soul,
and in my life now and forever.
Amen