Jesus told a parable (story) and called His disciples the ‘light of the world’. What did he mean by this? (Matthew 5:14-16)
One day Jesus was teaching His followers on a mountainside. After decribing what kind of life God blesses, He told them another truth about how the kingdom of God works.
Ask the children …
What did Jesus call His followers?
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14-16)
Why did Jesus call them light?
Because light was used to cut through the darkness. A city set on a hill with lamps lit in houses at night could be seen from far off and would give direction to travelers caught out in the night.
So believers are to shine the light of Christ into every dark place that they go. While salt is used to prevent corruption from taking place, light is used to destroy evil and to cleanse with the light of Christ.
Ask your children where they have shown their light and destroyed the work of evil? For example stopping someone from picking on someone else, or loving someone that others ignore or make fun of. Ask them how they could make their light shine stronger? Do they need to move closer to Jesus so He shines stronger through them? Do they need more faith to shine their light in dark places? Pray with them and thank Jesus that He will answer and shine His light through them.
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