“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 NKJV
God wants us to let our light shine.
Light To The World
As a Christian we are called to be a light to the world. The dictionary describes light as a brightness that enables us to see. Light brings understanding or shows the way.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14
Without light we have no way of seeing in the dark. Without the light of Jesus Christ the world has no way of “seeing” in this dark (sinful) world.
“…giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.” Colossians 1:12
With every inheritance comes responsibilities. Christians have a responsibility to be a light everywhere they go and in everything they do.
“Do all things without complaining and disputing, that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.” Philippians 2:14-15
The light within us (the light of Christ) should penetrate the spiritual darkness around us. We do not have any light of our own. We are the reflective light of Jesus Christ. As we behold the glory of the Lord, we reflect it. We are the light of the world as long as we reflect Jesus Christ. We must make sure that nothing comes between us and the light of Jesus Christ.
Light To The House
Not only are we to be a light to the lost in a dark world, we are to be a light to those in the “house” also.
“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.” Matthew 5:15
Light indicates deliverance from darkness. Each Christian has been delivered from darkness. And each one has a testimony and they should be ready to give it. We should never hide what God has done for us. Other Christians are encouraged by our testimonies. The Bible tells us that we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. Just because a person is a Christian it does not mean that they will not struggle with things. What God has delivered you from can help someone else that is faced with the same thing. Your deliverance can be light to someone else.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Everything we do and say should point people to God. When people look at us they should not see us (fleshly man), they should see Jesus living in us. There are people watching each and everyone of us. May what they see be the “light” that they need to created a hunger for God and the things of God.