You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Who are you?
You might think that we have been here before. Yet we haven’t. Not like this.
Why will others see our good works and give glory to our heavenly Father? Are followers of Christ the only ones who do good works? What are the good works being referred to here anyway? Is the light the good works?
Isn’t there something about the light that shines on the good works that allows others to see it? Light appears to illuminate what’s going on. Otherwise people are left in the dark. Things might happen of very positive worth, but it will not be made visible because people are left in the dark. Sure there are elements in which those others can either be ignorant to what’s going on, but that does not answer the issue of stumbling around in the dark.
Perhaps what stops people seeing the good works is not because of their ignorance or their arrogance. There’s every possibility that they miss seeing it because of our ignorance and arrogance. Maybe there’s an identity crisis that sees a disconnect between who we are and what we do. Sure we can say a lot of things, but because of who we are it leaves people in the dark.
Being disciples of Jesus Christ, though, we don’t have to wait until the end of the tunnel to see the light. As He is the light of the world, so acknowledging Him and following Him to become more like Him is a journey into being Him. That process recognises where we start and where He makes all the difference in us. That’s why others see and give credit to the source.
Only the light of God could allow us to behave in a humble, mourning, meek, desperately seeking right, merciful, pure and peaceful manner. Only the light that shines bright through being who we are in Him makes it possible for others to see.
Are we keeping people in the dark? It’s probably not their fault, we might need to let the light shine so they can see.
For His Name’s Sake
C. L. J. Dryden