Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 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
Salt and light are to wonderful images to portray our behaviour in this world. We are citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven in this world. Chuck Swindoll used to say that we are to shake the salt and shine the light on the world that it rotting away and walking in darkness.
We saw yesterday the importance of keeping our lives salty. Today we are going to look at how important it is to keep our lights shining brightly. There was a day, not that long ago, when there was a bit more light in the world. Christians and Christendom had an impact on society in the west. It seems now though that we are going through another spell of darkness. Christendom’s glimmer of light is fading, and too often the true Light of Christ is not stepping in to fill the gap.
In some countries true Christian impact on society is virtually non-existent. Some societies even have anti-Christian laws and this seems to be growing almost daily. The darkness is deep, and getting deeper.
But, on the other hand, that gives us the opportunity to shine our light even brighter. Jesus tells us that now is not the time to keep the light of Christ hidden. We don’t cover it; we let it shine to light up this dark old world.
A lot of folks don’t like children’s songs or choruses. They seem to be too simple and not theologically deep enough. But sometimes they just say it like it is. ‘Jesus loves me this I know’ is pretty solid theology.
So is, if sung by Christian kids, ‘this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.’
We let our lights shine so that others see our good works, not to honour us, but to glorify God. Our whole purpose is to bring glory to Him so that others are drawn to Him.
‘Let it shine till Jesus comes, I’m gonna let it shine.’