Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Jesus, who is the Light of the world, said these words in the Sermon on the Mount. He calls us lights even before we feel as if we’re lights. Time and again, in so many ways, He restores our dignity. His resurrection was the great restoration, bringing us up from the place of death to everlasting life with Him, from the place of shame to everlasting dignity and honor in Him. And what response would there be but to shine our light for Him before others?
But how do we shine?
First, we must look at the beatitudes that came before this statement. At the opening of His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave us eight statements of blessedness:
Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
We can look to each one of these statements of blessedness for clues on how to let our light shine.
- We recognize our utter dependence on the Holy Spirit (poor in spirit).
- We mourn over the things that break God’s heart.
- We become meek, like Jesus is meek (see Matt. 11:28-30).
- We hunger and thirst for righteousness, both in our hearts and in the world around us.
- We extend mercy toward those who either have hurt us or just plain drive us crazy.
- We set our hearts before the fire of God’s love and allow Him to purify us.
- We become peacemakers–not peace at any cost, but bringing peace, that fruit of the Holy Spirit, into every situation.
- We bear patiently through persecution, looking toward the coming of our Lord and unto heaven as our reward.
How have you let your light shine before others?
Is there any way we can pray for you?