“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Matthew 5.14
Yesterday I wrote about letting our light shine and the reason why – that God may be glorified. In this verse Jesus is not SUGGESTING that we BECOME the light of the world. His declaration is “Ye ARE the light of the world.” I have made this statement so many times before, but I believe it bears repeating.” Jesus only needs to say something one time for it to be truth.” A light only has one purpose, and that purpose is to dispel darkness. If this world had NO darkness in it, there would be no need for a light. But since Genesis 3, the world has been plagued with darkness – a darkness that has systematically rejected God and gravitated toward Satan and his demons.
Some may protest by saying, “But I don’t want to be a light. I just want to live my life the way I want.” Recently basketball great Charles Barkley made a statement similar to this: “I don’t want to be a role model for anyone.” Guess what – too late – little boys growing up have already set their eyes on this super star and said, “I want to be like him.” Guess what – the world is watching whether we want them to or not. They may watch us in order to criticize us or they may watch us wishing they had what we have. But they ARE watching us.
This last statement of Jesus is again very powerful: “A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.” Try as we might, we CANNOT stop being a light. Only one thing keeps a light from shining brightly – some kind of contamination that keeps it from penetrating the darkness and bringing it light. Is there some kind of contamination in your life that keeps your light from shining brightly? You don’t have to ask anyone else. You already know the answer. If there IS something that is contaminating your light, take the necessary steps to remove it and do what Jesus said: “Ye are the light of the world.” Just my thoughts …