(Red-letter portions of the New Testament)
Matthew 10:27, “What I tell you in the dark, speak in the daylight; what is whispered in your ear, shout from the rooftops.”
People of faith, many times, are those who spend a lot of time with Jesus in personal Bible study, meditation, worship and prayer. They then go out into the community, letting their light shine. People see their good deeds and, sometimes, glorify our Father in Heaven.
Most of the time, the people of faith get praised, not God. Or, some organization connected to the person of faith gets praised, not God. Or the work itself gets praised, and we talk about what a wonderful community we have, rather than praising our Father in Heaven. When does God get the credit?
Jesus, doesn’t just tell people of faith to let their light shine. Jesus tells people of faith to speak. To speak His words in the daylight. Jesus tells people of faith to shout from the rooftops, what He whispers in their ears. How else will people be reminded to thank God for our good works?
Our job as people of faith is not to be a credit to the community and keep our mouth shut about Jesus. Our job is to let our light shine, by works and by speaking Jesus’ words to others, sometimes shouting it from the rooftops.
Some try to discourage us from speaking Jesus’ words. However, the U.S. Constitution recognizes unalienable rights from God, like the free exercise of our faith and our freedom of speech.
Our faith, our works, and us speaking Jesus’ words are to be inextricably knit together. Any of our good works, that the community may appreciate, are to be accompanied by Jesus’ words. He gets the credit for both. His words are spirit and they are life.
Our Father in Heaven, Jesus our Savior, the Holy Spirit Comforter deserve the credit for any good works we do, not us. It is not an option to let our light shine. It is not an option to speak His words. Jesus calls us to do both.