SHINING THE LIGHT
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
When you light a candle in a dark room, it illumines and overcomes the darkness. How is this interpretation related to a Christian’s life? When we received the light through Christ’s salvation, our dark lives were illumined and the light was shown to us. Upon receiving the light, we felt freedom and joy but it does not stop there. What is the challenge posed to us when we receive the light?
“You are the light of the world. . .” (v.14)
When we receive the light, we also become a light. By becoming a light, we reflect the light of Christ and as we reflect the light of Christ, we become like Him. We are Christ’s representatives here on earth. In this case, we should live as how He lived. Living like Christ is living a transformed life wherein we do not conform to this world, instead, we pattern our mindsets to Him (Romans 12:2). We always think of what would Jesus do if He is in the situation that we are facing.
A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. (v.15) The light is put on a stand so that it may stand firm and so that others would see it. Our stand is God. He is our strength. As we shine the light by sharing our lives to others, God is with us. He sent His Holy Spirit to guide us in every step of the way. When we speak and share to others, it is not we who are speaking but it is the Holy Spirit speaking through us. While we shine, Christ is seen in us.
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (v. 16) Let your light shine and influence others. God has given us authority to shine our light to others. He wants us to use our life’s testimony so that others would see how God has changed us and how God is at work in our lives. In this way, we would be able to not only inspire others but we would also glorify God.
When we let our light shine to others, we willingly let God use us as His instruments. The question is, are you willing to be used by Him? Are you ready to shine your light and inspire others?