Shine Your Light

Hi again! This month we are learning about the things Jesus taught. (And in a few days we’ll begin our Easter series for the year.)

Today’s lesson can be found in Matthew 5:14-16.

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For today’s lesson I started by turning off all the lights, getting a flashlight, and saying “Isn’t it dark in here?! Some light would help! Let’s use this flashlight!” Then I turned it on and quickly hid it under a bowl. “Isn’t that better?”

“NOOOOOO!” yelled the kids.

“Of course not! You can’t hide a light under a bowl?! You have to SHINE it all around the room, like this!”

Jesus was teaching the people as part of his “sermon on the mount” and He said, “You are the light of the world. Just like a town built high 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.”

Jesus said We are the light of the world! What does THAT mean? A lot of times in the Bible, God is called the light. All good things are light. But badness, sadness and being away from God is like darkness.

So if we love Him, then we can be a light to other people. We can SHINE with God’s goodness and love and show other people who may be making bad choices or who are far away from God, we can show them God’s LIGHT–His goodness and love.

He said ,”Like a city high on a hill (which everyone can see) or a bright light (which everyone can see), the choices YOU make can be seen by a lot of people.” So make sure you are making good choices…choices that bring other people closer to God. When people see how we love then they will be able to understand God’s love! We can show God’s love to other people! We don’t keep God’s love for us, or our love for Him a secret!? We share His love with other people! How can YOU share God’s love with other people? How can you shine for God?

Of course a great song to go with today’s story is This Little Light of Mine (this version is from Cedarmont Kids).

This video is a reggae version of these verses by ScriptureRelease.

This video from Hillsong Kids is called Light of the World.

Thanks for joining us today! Love to you all!

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