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Just after Jesus calls the people to be light, like a city on a hill he finishes the thought by saying….

I have always found today’s passage of scripture challenging because of two little words:

good deeds

Jesus says ‘let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’

Jesus doesn’t say that people will see your ‘faith’ or ‘love’ or ‘anointing’ and praise God. Those things are great, and should fuel everything we do, but it is the good things we do that point people towards God. We might talk, sing, think and even pray about doing good and caring for the vulnerable but unless we turn that passion into action all we have is ‘virtual church’ which will not feed the poor, clothe the cold or defend the vulnerable.

Jesus expects our faith and love to turn into visible actions and He expects His followers to become a force for good that makes an impact on the surrounding community; like a city on a hill, you can’t miss it!