“You are the light of the world –like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly father.” - Matthew 5:14-16
Throughout Scripture, Jesus is referenced as the light of the world (John 8:12, Matthew 4:16, John 1:4). However, in this particular passage Jesus calls his followers the light of the world. Jesus doesn’t simply teach his disciples about who He is so that they can be informed, he calls them to action!
What an incredible calling for the church. Because Jesus is the light of the world, we are also called to be the light of the world so everyone may know that He is the Savior.
As a nation, we are inundated with an endless stream of tragedies each day like hurricanes destroying homes, wildfires reducing cities to mere ash, and mass shootings taking the lives of innocent bystanders. The world is desperate for hope and they are looking around for order in the midst of chaos. This is the church's opportunity - yours and mine - to offer love to those who are in desperate need. We cannot grow weary in doing good deeds (Galatians 6:9). We cannot become defeated thinking that evil has overcome good.
Jesus has called us to let our good deeds shine out for all to see. Why? So that everyone will praise the Heavenly father!
How can you be a light to the world today? Maybe it means raising money for hurricane relief. Maybe it’s something as simple as telling your co-worker how much you value them as you fix your morning coffee. Or maybe it's thinking about who you might invite to Thanksgiving dinner who doesn’t have any family nearby.
God can use a seemingly small gesture to move in the hearts of those who are far from him. So don’t hide your lamp under a basket.
Let your light shine for the world to see.