“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
In the Texas night sky, one can not only see grand displays of God’s handiwork in the stary host, but in many places, the lights from neighboring towns and cities that are miles away shine bright. This is true of those on flat land, but especially for those on high ground. As the lights pierce through the darkness, many can see them.
In John 8:12, Christ calls Himself the Light of world. Here in Matthew 5, Jesus gives us poignant illustrations of what should be true of His people. Not only are we to be the salt of the earth, but we’re also called to be light bearers. All Christians are lights in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8). We must shine as lights (Philippians 2:15).
Here, Jesus calls us to let our light shine before men and not muffle the message. It must be evident that we are unashamed followers of Him. As a lamp isn’t lit just to be covered, knowing who we are, we’re to walk in a manner that the light of the Gospel shines brightly not only in our words, but also our actions.
We do so knowing being light bearers isn’t a walk in the park. As beacons of light, all eyes are upon us. Some admire us, some commend us, some want to imitate us, some envy us, some hate us, some want to censure us. Therefore, we must be watchful and prudent in our walk, being mindful of the grand purpose- that people may see our good works and give glory to our heavenly Father.
May God grant us grace to be faithful in the midst of this watching world!