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
Some have a problem with it being said of them, “you are the light of the world.” They resist saying, “Jesus is the light of the world, not me.” Yet, our Lord declared that those who are followers of Him are “the light of the world.” We are the light of the world because He is Light and He lives in us, therefore He shines forth from us. The world does not see Him it sees us. The world does not often read the Bible it reads us. The world does not hear God it hears us. Therefore, we are epistles known and read of me. We are God’s light in the world through our lives on a daily basis.
Jesus made it clear that we will not go unnoticed and unobserved therefore we are to ensure that the light we are presenting is one that will glorify God. We are to live and conduct ourselves in a manner that will cause people to glorify God and recognize God in our lives, words, deeds, and actions.
If you think you can hide try going out in public to be unnoticed and see how many people see you that you know. But beyond that, I’ve experienced times when years after an event I would have someone come up to me and tell me about a time they saw me in a place during a situation and tell me how I conducted myself.
Thankfully on those occasions, I conducted myself in a godly fashion and had a positive impact on those lives. Yet, if I am honest, I have to admit there have been times when I allowed my flesh to override my spirit and I didn’t respond as godly as I should have. I know that if anyone observing that situation was to meet me later in a church setting they would have a negative attitude toward me because I demonstrated something other than Christlikeness. That hurts my heart to even think that there have been times like that. I rejoice in the lives I have impacted for the good of God and the Kingdom. I continually ask God to help me make it 100% of the time and He continually puts me in situations where that is tested.
You and I are not islands and we are not invisible. Therefore, as we go through each day we must remember that “We Can’t Hide” people see us and observe our behavior. If anyone knows your testimony for Christ and you fail to present a godly attitude they will take note of it and it will impact them. We are representations and manifestations of God to this world so let’s let our light shine so as to draw people to Christ like a moth to a flame.
God be with you as you go through your day!