“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 NLT
Jesus said these words. That means they are very important. However, some of us question if our lives should always shine as a light. There are days in our life we would rather have our light “under a basket” so that others don’t see our challenging moments.
Our lives as Christians should shine daily and that can only happen as we model and follow the footsteps and teaching of Jesus. To follow Him we have to consistently be in His word and desire to understand what it means to be like Jesus. After all He was and is the Light of the world.
Let your life mirror the life of Christ. Take care of your own spiritual life and then care deeply about those around you. Love like Jesus. When we care about others with compassion God should be blamed for it. His presence in our lives should be the reason we choose to live like we do. Let your light shine through the power and presence of our Savior.
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” ― Martin Luther King Jr.
“In a futile attempt to erase our past, we deprive the community of our healing gift. If we conceal our wounds out of fear and shame, our inner darkness can neither be illuminated nor become a light for others.” ― Brennan Manning
You are not the light but the Light of Christ is in you if you are in Him and that is what the world will see. – Wes Humble
Wes Humble is the Executive Director of Ministry and Community Relations at Liberty HealthShare. He has thirty years of experience in various pastoral and editorial roles, and he is passionate about responding to the spiritual needs of both ministry staff and members.