Sitting with the Shepherd
"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 NKJV)
Being the light of the world is a significant calling, especially in a world of ever increasing darkness. The Holy Spirit as the source of light and for that matter our very life shines like the beacon of a lighthouse on a dark, clear night. Jesus says here that would be easier to conceal an entire city built on a hill under a basket. So we must ask the questions, "What impact does our life have on the people around us? When we walk into a crowd of people are their spirits lifted or weighed down?"
But perhaps the more relevant question here is what impact does our life have on the people in our own household? Who we are in the privacy of our own homes is as important if not more important than who we are in public. In fact if who we are in private is different from who we are in public, we are hypocrites. Jesus also had a lot to say about hypocrites and most often it was directed against the Pharisees. These were those who tried to be the most religious. There are some who know just enough about God's Word to be dangerous!
In contrast Jesus' religion and His life was genuine. He loved children and He loved people, all kinds of people. He didn't love only the rich and influential people, but He love the lost, the weak and the sinful hurting people. This is proven by the fact that He loved you and I. While we were yet sinners, He died for us.
The light that emanates from a lamp cannot bypass an object and shine on the area behind it. It originates with its source and illuminates everything in its path. The love of Christ within us must do the same thing. Beginning with those of our own household, we must let our light shine so that the love of Christ will illuminate the whole world beginning with those closest to us.
"For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops." (Luke 12:2-3 NKJV)
Questions for Meditation or Discussion
1. Why is the life and light of Jesus Christ within us impossible to conceal?
2. How was Jesus' life and light different from those of the Pharisees?
3. What hinders you from letting your light shine brightest on those closest to you?
My Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, blessed be Your Holy Name. You have placed Your love and light within me that it may illuminate the darkness of this world. I confess that too often I struggle to allow that light to shine in my own household. Grant me the grace to love those that seem to others to be unlovable. May I never forget the love that You showed me when You saved me from the path of eternal damnation. Amen