14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house.16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
As we read this passage of scripture, commonly known as ‘The sermon on the Mount’ Jesus was speaking to a large crowd of people. Here, He likened all who believed in him that they were the light of the world. First, He had told them that He was the light of the world. Now He was letting them know that because they believed in Him,they now became the light of the world.
We are living in a dark and destructive world. There is darkness on every hand, but we are reminded by Jesus that if we let our light shine the darkness will disappear. When you enter a darkened room and turn on the light the darkness vanishes, and you can see all that is in the room. The darkness cannot overpower the light.
As we let our light shine in the dark corner in which we are, let us keep connected to the source of the light and let our light shine for all to see. As we are reminded by the words of the chorus ‘This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine’ we should be encouraged knowing that we are connected to the forever source of that light.
Lord, keep us always connected to you and allow us to shine in this dark world until your return, in your name we pray. Amen.
Written by: Rev. Barry McFarlane