By: Carole L. Haines
14 “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. (Matthew 5:14-16 NASB)
I was in a fantastic small group of fairly transparent women last night. It was so precious, just sharing from our hearts what Jesus has been revealing to us lately. I shared about how Jesus has been showing me that I lack peace because I have forgotten who I am in Him. He is leading me back into My Identity in Christ. I said it was kind of like having a jewelry box of beautiful things we never wear, that we never enjoy. We miss all the sparkle and shine, the shimmer and glow, when we just keep the lid closed.
Right after I shared that, a wonderful woman spoke up and said, “You know, if we keep the lid closed, no one else can see all the sparkle either.” I was blown away by that truth. Not only do we lose our luster over time, by letting our pearls get dusty and our diamonds stay hidden; but the rest of the world doesn’t get to see our Precious Lord and Savior through us. We must keep in close touch with who God says we are, as His children. We are the Light of the World, as Jesus says in His Sermon on the Mount.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; Christ wants to use us to shine His glory and truth to a world stumbling in the dark. When you are blind, you don’t even know what dark is. That’s how much our world need to see Jesus, the Light that shines into the heart. We are His city on a Hill.
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. Our family is where we shine the light brightest, or where it is the dimmest lit. Our family sees our flaws, failures, the good and the bad; they see it all. It is when the 3 words, “I am sorry,” and “Please forgive me,” and ”I love you,” should be echoing in the halls. We are His lampstand.
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. Being the light of Christ is not just our Identity, it is our call, our responsibility. It is our joy and delight. People need to see Him, so let His light shine, first in you, then through you, and always in such a way that God gets the glory and not ourselves.
Be the Light of the Word, that you already are, in Him.