“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.”
Have you ever noticed that you stand out sometimes? Well, if you are a Christian reading this, then most probably you really do stick out. Morals standards are at an all time low, people’s belief or acceptance of Jesus is running thin, and the line between sin and righteous living is ever being blurred by liberal churches. Those of us who do stand up for truth and for Christ-like living are often ridiculed, marginalised or even persecuted. Yet Jesus’ commands to us are to stand up for truth, Biblical living and to shine ever brighter in a world desperate for hope and direction.
Society needs light. It needs Jesus. We are, as Jesus described, a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. We are the light to direct people back to Him. The Apostle Paul also encouraged the church in Corinth with these words, which can equally be applied in our lives too, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making His appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”” (2 Corinthians 5:20).
Friends, let us not give up shining for Jesus, living for Him in all we do and bringing glory to His Name forever and ever. Even when it is hard to stand firm, evermore lean on God’s grace to hold you up and make you a beacon for Him. Be a burning light shining out Jesus. May your lifestyle, actions, and words lead people back to Jesus.
Hope that even my fragile light shining for Jesus would play a small but important role in being a beacon for him.