Last week we discussed one thing that we are to be like: salt. We bring “flavor” into any situation we find ourselves. There is another thing that Jesus says that we are to be like: light.
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Jesus often talked about the symbol of light. The word “light” is used 58 times in the NKJV in the gospel accounts alone! It is used figuratively to describe the truth that Jesus would bring (Matthew 4:16). It is also used to describe what God will do when he brings the secret things to view in judgement (Mark 4:22). But in our verse it is used as symbol of the distinction we have with those that live in darkness. In a different context about the Law of God there is this line from Paul: “and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness” (Romans 2:19).
Romans 13:12, “The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.”
2 Corinthians 4:6, “For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
It is obvious to see the word-picture that is being giving here. In a world of darkness, we are shining lights that must let our works shine to bring glory to the Father. What a privilege to be called to this. Let’s let our lights shine as bright as they can for as long as we live!