“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)
Jesus addresses the great need for evangelism here in the Sermon on the Mount. Think about light for a moment: It can awake us from our sleep, ease our minds when we are afraid, and help us find our way in the darkness. It is the same way for the believer--the light of Christ shone upon us and awoke us from the deadness of our sins. The light of Christ comforts us through the power of the Holy Spirit as we remain firm in the faith, no matter what we face in trial or difficulty. The light of Christ guides our steps each day as we share the gospel in a dark world dominated by sin and destruction. In all of these things he is our light, and because of him, we become lights for others to see the goodness and glory of God!
Shining as lights in the midst of darkness, we preach the truth of God’s love seen through the life of Christ. His word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path as we confidently share the life, death, resurrection and future return of Christ. Make no mistake: People do not stumble upon the gospel, and they do not find their own way to Jesus. Why? Because all people are enslaved in the darkness of their sin and can not see the beauty of Christ. This is where we come in: Believers on display! We do not shine for our own glory but so others may see our good works and give glory to God! This is so they too may be awakened, comforted, and guided daily by the light of Christ. How will they know if we are not sent? They will not know and they will remain in the darkness, if the light is not brought to them. May this truth lay heavy upon the heart of the believer. Take forth the light of Christ and boldly radiate his love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control, so that others may see and believe that Christ transfers us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light!
The purpose of a lamp is to light a dark room. The purpose of a Christian is to radiate the light of Christ in a dark world! Remember, without the light, no man or woman is saved from the darkness of his or her sins. The light we share has been given to us by the grace of God, and we must take it to others and trust that by His grace they too will be enlightened to the truth of Christ Jesus. As we receive this timely reminder today, may we be grateful for the light that has transformed believers into the image of Christ, and may we be urgent in our method to share the light of Christ with those who are perishing in the darkness! 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.