“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 gives a very bold and definitive statement in his sermon on the mount. It is spoken to the believers and the crowds that followed Him. To his followers, "YOU are the light of the world." This is a statement without conditions or circumstance, it just is. You, Christian, are the light of the world. Be the light of the world. Be light in the good times and be it in the bad. Be light when you feel like it and when you don't. Be light to your family and closest friends and to your worst enemy. Be light!
Don't hide the light, don't be ashamed...let it out! Let your words proclaim the light and love of Christ, your actions become the movement of praise, and your heart the gateway of grace. Remember that in this life, we are representatives, ambassadors of Christ. We represent Him in everything we do.
Do your words honor Him? Do your actions encourage others to follow in your footsteps? Does your heart for the beloved and the lost say, "I am a Child of God!" If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, be different, be light!
A few questions to consider:
1. What does your attitude about life, your past and present circumstances, communicate to others about how you trust and rely on the Lord? Are you putting your full trust and reliance on Him to supply your every need? Consider your greatest physical need right now. Are you trusting in the Lord to provide healing, restoration, and to supply what you need? Seek Him first and ask Him to fulfill your greatest need. Ask that He align your heart and mind after Him so that you can trust fully in His response. It may not be the answer you think it should be but if it comes from the Lord you can have the confidence in knowing it's best for your life.
2. What does your attitude about church and cooperate worship communicate to others about your obedience to the Word of God and His commandments? Is worshiping the Lord through a fellowship of believers important to you? Have you allowed past hurts or current circumstances to keep you from going to church? We can and should shine our lights outside of the church but committing to attend church, participate in worship and study, and obligating ourselves to spiritual practices will encourage and align our mind, heart, and attitude to grow in the discipline of the Lord. Don't allow excuses to overcome your need and desire to be with the Lord through worship. Less of me...more of Him. Make it your prayer and commit in the coming weeks to get back into service.
3. What are you doing, outside of church, to ensure you are growing in your relationship to the Lord? Attending a church can help encourage the accountability of spiritual practice, but each believer should be committed to daily and intentional times of study, prayer, and worship. How much time are you spending reading, studying, and applying the Word of God? When is the last time you committed to pray and to talk to the Lord? Is worship a daily part of your intentional practice of honoring the Lord? Spending time with the Lord should be right up there with eating and sleeping. These are necessary, physical needs, that we apply daily to our life for physical growth. What spiritual practices are you applying, routinely, to your life to encourage your spiritual health?
YOU are the light of the world! Do good, for the Lord, so that others may see the light through your words, actions, and attitude. Make a difference today for the Lord and be light!