Matthew 5:14–16 (NKJV)
14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
In John 9:5, Jesus called himself the light of the world. He now transfers that distinction to us. This is a great compliment. He is telling us that we are capable of being a light in this world. Of course, this comes with tremendous responsibility as well.
We Should Not Hide The Light
The very purpose of light is to illuminate the darkness. If we are to hide our light it becomes ineffective in its very purpose. We should be living a life of faith without compromise. I think it can be so easy to hide our light without even knowing we are doing so. At the beginning of my walk, I was very hesitant in expressing my belief. If I was in a public situation and Christianity and the lack of belief was being discussed, I would often shy away from telling the people around me how I feel. I wonder how many decisions for Christ would have been made if I had just let my light shine? Today, I feel a lot different about letting my belief be known. God has strengthened my faith to the point that I am more than willing to step up and tell people what I believe.
How Do We Shine Before Men?
The most obvious way to let your light shine is by discussing your faith with the unbelieving world. But, a very close second is allowing them to see your works. Helping a neighbor in need, mentoring a young person, volunteering, the list of things we can do to shine our light is endless. The world sets the bar pretty low when it comes to good deeds. A friend at work the other day was talking about how he had recently visited a city where there were seemingly no nice people around. The simple act of opening a door for someone stood out as something very uncommon. Talk about some low lying fruit! There is a key point here though. Every good work should be done to glorify God. The goal should be to direct them to His goodness, not our own.
We live in a very dark world. There is darkness in every corner of the earth. It really makes it easy to stand out from the darkness. Our Lord was the light when He was here, He has now given that responsibility to us. We can either shy away from being the light or embrace it. Go forth in faith that the Lord is going to provide you the power, wisdom, and ability to shine before men.
John 9:5 (NKJV)
5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.”