“You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14a NRSV)
How are we to serve as light? Jesus said, “Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 NRSV)
These are our daily marching orders, and the word choice is interesting. There are several Greek words for “good,” but the word used in “good deeds” is kallos. More than just “good,” this word means “beautiful” or “winsome.” Our deeds are meant to be so attractive that others are naturally drawn to the God we serve.
Are your deeds winsome and beautiful to others? There are enough Christians today whose attitudes seem judgmental and uncharitable to those around them. Don’t be one of those Christians. Instead may your life, and our churches, be characterized by beautiful deeds, flowing from hearts of compassion and love that draw others into the kingdom.
-- Adam Hamilton in “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”