14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus chooses another metaphor to emphasize the point he made in the verses above. In addition to being the “salt of the world”, he calls you to be the “light of the world”. You cannot make yourself be a light. Jesus says, “YOU ARE the light of the world”. The only question becomes, “Are you going to let your light shine?” In Genesis, as God created the world, He used the light to dispel the darkness. The gospel of John starts by saying about Jesus, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all men. The light shines in the darkness and has not overcome it” Later Jesus will say, “I am the light of the world.” So, when Jesus calls us to be the light of the world, he is calling us to be more like Him. I love the saying, “Light shines brightest in the darkness!” Whereas we might be more comfortable being with other Christians, we are called to LET our light shine in the world. Are you LETTING your light shine, or hiding it under a bushel? Let it shine!
God, you called us to be the light of the world. May we not hide under a bushel in fear, but let our light shine. Send us into the darkness to point the world to you the Light of the World. Amen.