“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 ESV
Light in a dark world is what God’s people are to be. Jesus is reminding his people that is what they are to be. Whether it was Israel, or the church today, God’s people are to be a people of good works. A people doing the will of God, so that others may see what is good and acceptable behavior in the eyes of God. When his people shine their light as they should, God is glorified.
The light of God’s people gives light to those around them. They are a source of illumination. A city on a hill is a destination, and a point of reference for travelers. A place for refuge and sustenance in desert places. A lamp lights the way in the darkness. Jesus uses these examples to show that God’s people are to point the lost and wandering to God and his providence.
God’s people are to be distinctively different than the world. They are to show the attributes of their heavenly Father to the world through their actions. This is to be done individually, and collectively. We are to be a blessing to those we come in contact with.
Letting our light shine is a serious responsibility. We represent our God to the world. Let’s let our good works abound for his glory, not ours. Just a Jesus came to serve his Father and his creation, let’s do likewise. Remember, “you are the light of the world.”
© 2015 Leo J. Woodman