Let it Shine!

Matthew 5:14-16 (King James Version)

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

In this passage from the book of Matthew, Jesus is speaking to his disciples and telling them that they are the light of the world. He uses the imagery of a city on a hill to emphasize that their light cannot be hidden or ignored. Just as a city on a hill stands out and can be seen from far away, so too should the disciples’ good works shine bright for all to see.

Jesus goes on to use another analogy, comparing his followers to candles that are put on candlesticks instead of being hidden under a bushel. Candles are meant to give off light and by putting them in an elevated position, their light can reach further and illuminate more.

In the same way, as followers of Jesus, we are called to let our light shine before others. Our good deeds and actions should not be hidden or kept to ourselves, but rather be put on display for the world to see. This is not done for our own glory, but to bring glory to God.

We are told to let our light shine so that others may see our good works and ultimately give praise and honour to God. When we live out our faith in a visible way, it can have a powerful impact on those around us. Our actions can inspire others to also live a life that brings glory to God.

As we continue on our journey of faith, let us remember that we are the light of the world. Let us shine brightly and boldly for all to see, so that others may be drawn closer to God through our example. So, let us not hide our light under a bushel, but instead let it shine bright for all to see. Our actions can have a ripple effect, bringing light and hope to those around us and ultimately glorifying our Heavenly Father. Let us strive to live out this call in our daily lives, knowing that our light has the power to transform the world around us. So, may we continue to be a city on a hill, shining brightly and bringing glory to God in all that we do. Let our light shine!

However, it is important to remember that being the light of the world does not mean we are perfect or without flaws. Rather, it means that even in our imperfections and struggles, our faith and good deeds can still shine through.

We should also be mindful of how we use our light. Jesus calls us to let it shine before men, but this does not mean seeking attention or recognition for ourselves. Our light is meant to point others towards God and his love, not towards ourselves.

So let us continue to be the light of the world, shining bright and bringing hope in a dark world. And may all glory and honor be given to God, who is the source of our light and strength.

Let us also remember that we are not alone in being the light of the world. As followers of Jesus, we are part of a larger community and can support each other in our journey.

When one person’s light may flicker or dim, others can come alongside and help reignite the flame. Together, our lights can shine even brighter and have a greater impact on the world around us.

So let us encourage one another, lift each other up, and continue to spread the light of God’s love together as a united body of Christ. Let our lights shine as one for all to see, bringing glory to God and making a positive difference in our world.