Light Matthew 5:13-16
In the previous article we talked about the importance of salt. Now the Master Teacher brings us closer to the subject of light. It seems to me that in the church we have majored on a behavior doctrine more than our relationship with God and others. Jesus is now giving us instructions concerning this by calling us light. Listen to him as He speaks: ” You are the light of the world, A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.
This light is functional in three areas, in the world (you are the light of the world), in our cities (a city built on a hill cannot be hid), and in our home (it gives light to everyone in the house). I cannot help coming to this verse thinking of that old childhood song ‘This little light of mine.’ In dealing with salt the master speaks of our inward life. Now in speaking of light he speaks of our outward behavior. These two things must coexist for us to be effective in this world. Inward ethics and outward behavior what a powerful team, but notice why light is important. In the first analogy so the world can see, in the second so our neighbors (city) can see, but in the third, so those in our homes may see. Not only is light a good revealer but light is also a great guide. We are called to a dark world that need spiritual vision and guidance.
But the goal of that light is not so you can look and speak on how holy you are. The end result is that they may see the good deeds and glorify our Father in Heaven. That old gospel classic comes to mind for some reason in hearing this. One stanza states “Don’t exalt the preacher, don’t exalt the pew. Preach the gospel, simple, full and free. Prove Him and you will find that His promise is true, I’ll draw all men unto me. The reason that you and I are called to let our light shine is so that our Father may be glorified.

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