Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)—Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
What we do as Christ followers can either turn the lights off for somebody, or turn them on. We are to guide those around us to a relationship with the Creator, the one who has gone to great lengths to show humanity how much He loves and cares for us.
Think of how different your house feels at night when all of the lights are off. Even though you know how your own home is laid out, you will still run into a wall or the furniture. But when all of the lights are on, the whole atmosphere changes.
The purpose of light is to expose a clear path. When we’re in the middle of a dark time in our lives, it’s hard to believe that there is anything outside of what we’re currently experiencing. But Jesus came to help us out of the darkness and show us His light. And He has given His followers a power source so that we can shine His light in the Earth.
We are called to draw people in, to be the Church, illuminating a dark world with the love of Christ. This is what our focus should always be on: being the light wherever we are, so that the light can be turned on for someone else.
Be careful to ensure that what you do is turning the light on rather than turning them off. Don’t’ be a discourager; instead, be an encourager in everything that you do. Show people that they matter, that you truly care about them, and that your God loves and cares for them also.
Being the light isn’t a part-time job; it’s something we’re called to be all of the time, wherever we are, wherever we go, and whoever we’re with. Be the light that Jesus calls you to be in Matthew 5. Do good things for those around you not for gaining recognition for yourself, but so you can shine your light towards God, who has poured out grace on your life. Let your life be one that makes a difference in your city, your country, and your world.