You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 People do not light a lamp and put it under a basket but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.
I love the way Jesus taught others with his parables which gave clear pictures to be drawn from his words. When Jesus was teaching about the light there are certain attributes that His light in us shows. First of all, light renders all objects visible for what they are and what they are not. His divine light shows others about their true nature and character as well as any deformities or ugliness they may try to hide. Many past religious teachers used the example of divine light to instruct to others the implications of having this light in our lives.
All Christians are the light of the world, not just ministers and apostles. By our divine instruction and using our lives as testimonies for others to see the love of God in our lives. We also show the world the requirements that the Lord mandates in our lives to go into heaven. We do not hide this from anyone.
In this instance, Jesus was explaining that peoples light should never be hidden. Our light should be put where it belongs in this world. For some, their light is put on a table to minister and brighten up a room and for others it may be walking around with a candle or flashlight to bring the light to everyone we encounter in our daily walk. Our holy lives are meant to be shared everywhere we go and we glorify our Heavenly Father when we do this. However there are some things that can dim our lights and I would like to bring them to light to help each other out. Maybe you have thought some of these things in the past and maybe you have not. I still would like to share them with you.
1. When we stay quite when we should stand up and speak up for what is good.
2. Going along with worldly things when we know better.
3. Denying the light of Jesus Christ in front of others.
4. Not fighting the sins of our flesh and letting it take over our lives instead of giving it to the Lord.
5. Ignoring people in pain or in honest need of help.
These are just some examples and not a complete list. These are some of the most common that come to my mind when reflecting on my life and my current ministry to others.
Since Jesus spoke about never diming our lights, we must make sure we are being proactive in our lives not to do this. We will always fall short of His glory, but this should never be an excuse. If we all take a solid look into our lives and see that there is something dimming our light whether we want to talk about it aloud or not, do something about it. Seek guidance from an elder, pastor, or friend. Do not sit still or idle in this area in your life because we are all called to minister and be the light of the world. You may be robbing someone from their salvation because you do not have the integrity to deal with your personal struggles in your life.
I get so much depth from reading this small portion of scripture. Not only does it show us the importance of shining our light in this world, but why we must never hide our light under a basket that we make up in our daily lives. That basket can be the world or the people around you that do not want to hear the word of God, but their lives should never dim your light. Be an example for others to emulate like Jesus did. This will never be easy or simple, but it is worth it when we enter the heavenly kingdom of our Father. Only when we can correctly identify these issues at their roots and fix them is when we can truly shine the brightest.
I pray that this devotional helps someone out there today and I pray that you all shine your lights bright!