You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead a lamp is place on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise our heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16
gospel to a lost world. Today every Christian should be a light.
Like a city on a hill, Christians should live a life set apart from the rest of the world. They should conduct themselves according to the teachings of the Bible. Jesus again used a word picture. It reminds me of the castles of England. Most are set apart from population centers and are usually on a hill. When you round a curve and catch a glimpse of one, you gasp in awe. Christians and their churches should stand out among people, not as objects of outward beauty, but of inward beauty, displaying the fruits of the Spirit.
A candle or oil lamp is a portable light. Jesus used this image to represent the job He gave the disciples, to go and take the gospel to all people of the world. It is the mission of all Christians to bring others toChrist.
In the last verse, Jesus remiinds us that the purpose of being lights of the world is not to bring honor to ourselves, but to bring honor and glory to God, the Father. Good deeds done for self-gain are useless to the kingdom of heaven. Selfless acts of kindness bring glory, honor, and attention to God.
I am reminded of an experiment using a convex magnifying lens that I conducted when I was in elementary school. The experiment made such a visual impact that I still remember how the diffuse sunlight transformed into a single beam of hot light that quickly set a patch of dry grass on fire. Recalling the power of that single beam made me wonder about the strength of the light of Jesus I am reflecting to others. Is my light even noticeable to others? I want the power of Jesus to be like an Energizer battery in my flashlight!