- “You are the light of the world.” Matthew 5:14a
One of my fondest memories of childhood is from Christmas. I remember lying in my bed and looking out into the hall watching as the multicolored lights flashed down the hall. To this day there is something special about a Christmas tree with multicolored lights. The way that the tree lit up the hall outside my bedroom you would have thought that the tree was in the hall, or at least right at the end of it, but it wasn’t. The tree was actually down the hall, around the corner on the other side of the living room.
That’s the funny thing about light. A light that burns bright enough can light not just the room it is in, but can cast light into surrounding rooms as well. It’s almost as if the darkness runs from the light; almost as if the darkness was afraid of the light.
Jesus said that as Christians we are the light of the world. This statement was for all followers of Christ. So, a very basic step toward pursuing your calling would be simply to SHINE. So you may be asking, how do I do that, or what does that look like? Well, let’s take a look at what Jesus said in this passage.
- “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
This is speaks especially loudly to those called to ministry. In ministry we are out in the open, much like a city on a hill. Because of this people will notice if our light does not shine. The good news is, if our light does shine it will shine ever brighter and farther.
- “Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put I on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
If you have the Holy Spirit in you, then your light will shine, even as the lamp that has been lit will shine. However, that light can be hidden. If you place a lamp under a bowl, then it light will be hidden. In the same way we can hide our light, usually by actions that prevent people from seeing the light of Jesus shining through us.
- “In the same way let your light sine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
If our light shines, then people will see our good deeds. However, the goal of people seeing our good deeds is that they would praise God, not us. As a person called to ministry we must take great care that as our light shines that we are constantly pointing people towards Jesus. Make sure that the good deeds we do are ALWAYS for the glory of God.
In pursuing our call, our light will shine. In a dark world, this light will get noticed. We must take care to always remember that what we do is for the Glory of God, not our own glory.
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