Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” NASU
Yesterday we began addressing the issue of being the Light of the World and addressed, in brief, the question of “What is the Purpose of Light?” Today I want us to take another step or leap into this topic and address a few more thoughts regarding this reality. If we are the Light of the World, then:
OUR LIVES SHOULD REVEAL JESUS CLEARLY.
I would suggest that is not possible without daily and regular communion with Him in prayer, meditation, and studying the Word of God. We cannot know someone we spend no time with. I believe that for us to know the heart and mind of God it is imperative that we spend time with Him. We do that by prayer and studying the Word of God. We then meditate upon what we have read and what we have prayed and allowed the Holy Spirit to communicate His heart to us. You cannot give what you do not have, and you cannot be light if you have no light within.
Additionally, I suggest that unless our daily activities are in harmony with His Word we well convey an image of God that is contradictory to the Bible and contrary to His revealed person. When people interact with us or observe our lives (light) do they see evidence of a genuine New Creation or an Imitation? In 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 we find, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” Friedrich Nietzsche the German philosopher said, “If you want me to believe in your Redeemer, you are going to have to look a lot more redeemed.” That statement or challenge should be taken to heart by all who follow Christ. Do we give evidence of our redemption?
Do they see the Living Savior in our lives or simply a set of doctrinal or sectarian rules and regulations? Does the life and love of our Savior emanate from us and capture their hearts and attention? If we live as Pharisees and Sectarians we will be repulsive to those in the darkness but if the Life and Love of God emanate from us in our actions, words, deeds, and lives we will be like honey to flies and a flame to moths. Jesus said, “If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to Me.”
If we are the Light of the World how much darkness do, we dispel?
OUR TESTIMONY SHOULD HAVE ITS CORE AND FOUNDATION IN HIM.
Jesus said in Matthew 6:33 that our prime responsibility and objective was to “Seek God first and foremost.” In 1 John 3:8 we are told that the express purpose of Jesus was to “Destroy the works of the devil.” Jesus said told us that the works that He did we would do and greater works than those because He would go to the Father. He has, so are we doing what He did and even greater works? How much light do we give the world?
If we acknowledge Him as supreme above all things and bring every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, we can project the Light of God’s Love so that “every knee will bow to Him.” Our lives should be rooted and grounded in God’s World and saturated with Love. Love, the Bible tells us, “covers a multitude of sins.” The profession of our faith must be able to stand the examination of our lives. Our walk and our talk must be consistent. So again, I ask, if we are the Light of the World, how much light do they see?
I will pause again here and address this in brief tomorrow. But until then remember you are the Light of the World and what people see in you is a reflection upon our Lord Jesus Christ so be careful how you walk and talk.
God bless you as you enjoy this marvelous day He has given us!