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.
Appropriate words for this last day of the first week of the Advent Season. We are to be a light in this world. The light is not our own but Jesus in us, shining through us.
Marva J. Dawn writes in her book The Unnecessary Pastor,
If we are the lamp in this parable, let’s be consistent.
We don’t light ourselves, do we?
Nor do we set ourselves on the lampstand.
Nor do we invite the people into the house.
God sets us on fire by grace,
appoints us to our places of ministry by grace,
and by grace liberates us simply to shine!
When we clean out the ashes in our woodstove we also clean the glass on the door and the side panels because watching the blazing logs seems to warm us as much as burning the logs. But we must keep the glass clean.
In the same way, we must keep the glass in our lives free from the soot of sin so that others may see the light of Christ in us.
Where has God placed you this day?
Who needs to see your light?
The world needs to know of Christ our Hope – let your light shine this day!