You Are The Light of The World
Matthew 5:14-16 New English Translation
14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
Jesus has called us to be the light of the world. The purpose of a light is to illuminate the darkness. The world that we live in is darken by sin, wickedness, and deception. As followers of Jesus, we have The Holy Spirit living inside of us. He transforms us from the inside out. The more time we spend with Him in prayer and His word, the more we are transformed by His presence and His grace.
A city located on a hill is not hidden because it is light up for all to see. This should be the life of the Christian. We are not called to walk with Jesus and hide the light and truth we have in Him. Many people around us are lost and in darkness. Though we may not know it, they are seeking after truth and the Lord is pursuing them. He desires to use us to be His hands and His feet.
The purpose of a lampstand is to give light to the whole house. It is useless if it is simply lit and then placed under a basket. When a person comes to saving faith in Jesus Christ, we are called to let our light shine. We are not called to hide the faith we have. Yes, we may be rejected and face persecution, but the whole point of walking with Jesus is to be His disciples and to do the very same things He has done. It is to let our light shine for all to see.
We are called to let our light shine so that those around us will see our good deeds and great glory and honor will be brought to our Father in Heaven. The Christian life is a life of action. Biblical faith is a faith that is marked by works. Faith without works is dead. So, a Christian life with good works is not truly manifesting the life that is found in Jesus. If the Spirit of God is truly living inside of us, it will impact every decision we make. It will impact every interaction we have on a daily basis.
Today if there are areas in your life that you know need to be pruned or refined, be willing to surrender and submit to the Lordship of Jesus and allow the Father to do the surgery needed to cut away things that are hindering truth growth and kingdom increase. Let your light shine for all to see. Regardless of what challenges and assaults from the enemy we may face, may our hearts and minds be focused on Him alone.
Father let my light shine for all to see. Help me to live this life to honor you in all things. Help me in my weakness and my unbelief. Move in my heart and life and may all that I do glorify and honor you. Help me to truly be a witness for you. To be filled with your power and your boldness. Father have your way in my heart and life in the mighty name of Jesus, Amen!