Matthew 5:16 is a favorite children’s Bible memory verse, but how many know the story behind this verse?
“In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
Matthew, also called Levi, had been a hated Jewish tax collector until He met Jesus and his world was turned upside down. From then on Matthew became a devoted disciple of Jesus.
Matthew wrote to convince the Jews that Jesus was in fact the promised Messiah they had been waiting for.
Matthew 5 is Jesus’ famous ‘Sermon on the Mount’. In it He taught His followers the essence of what the kingdom of heaven was and what it meant to be a citizen of that kingdom.
In verses 13-16 Jesus spoke about how a citizen of the kingdom will live in such a way that others will be able to experience the kingdom by watching their lives. Salt that loses its flavor is good for nothing He said and light that is hidden under a basket doesn’t light the way for anyone.
In verse 16 Jesus taught that citizens of the kingdom should let their light shine to all men so that they could see how different their lives had become and glorify God who had transformed them.
This is a wonderful verse to teach your children at night in a darkened room with only a flashlight. First cover up the flashlight and ask your children what they can see. After they reply, “nothing”, uncover the flashlight and ask them again. Then read the verse.
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