Let Your Light Shine! Promote Hope!
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus came into the world saying, “I am the light of the world” (John 8:12). After gathering His disciples Jesus began to transfer responsibility by teaching them, “YOU are the light of the world.” Jesus said that His people are like a bright light and a city on a hill. We are destined to be seen and to provide the light of encouragement, truth, and examples of “good works.”
Of course, it may feel preferable to withdraw from public life, avoid unknown people, stay out of the limelight, and retreat into the comforts of home and friends. The problem is: These actions are in direct contradiction to the teachings of Christ and God’s will for our Christian lives.
Serving others and offering hope are not just nice things to do, it is central to our mission and core responsibility. In a culture full of selfish motivation, self-indulgence, and the promotion of darkness, Jesus has commissioned us to "Love our neighbors," “Go into all the world and make disciples” and “Let your light shine.” We don't hide. We promote hope.
Your light is Christ within. Your light is your God-given gifts and opportunities to interact with others. You are destined and designed by God to shine, not for yourself, but for the Lord.