S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Jesus told the crowd in the Sermon on the Mount: “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, “I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.”
The Pharisees replied, “You are making those claims about yourself! Such testimony is not valid.”
Jesus told them, “These claims are valid even though I make them about myself. For I know where I came from and where I am going, but you don’t know this about me. You judge me by human standards, but I do not judge anyone. And if I did, my judgment would be correct in every respect because I am not alone. The Father who sent me is with me. Your own law says that if two people agree about something, their witness is accepted as fact. I am one witness, and my Father who sent me is the other.”
“Where is your father?” they asked.
Jesus answered, “Since you don’t know who I am, you don’t know who my Father is. If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” Jesus made these statements while he was teaching in the section of the Temple known as the Treasury. But he was not arrested, because his time had not yet come. John 8:12-20 NLT
Jesus is the light of the world who penetrates our wayward hearts and reveals truth.
It is important that we know WHAT to believe. Equally important is to know HOW to live.
When do you remember the “light of Jesus” beginning to shine in your life?
What was Jesus’ delivery method for showing you his light?
Light is to be spread and shared, not secretly hidden. How are you sharing Jesus’ light?
What are the preferred outcomes of sharing Jesus’ light?
Is there any area of your life that you prefer to remain dark and hidden?
Lord, thank you for generously sharing your light with me. Help me to be honest about what it reveals so that I can believe AND live righteously. Use me to help others see your light!