Spiritual Blog - Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-16 – “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.  15 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.  16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”  NKJV


Donna Fargo had a song that fits this thought, “You Can’t Be A Beacon.”  Let’s take the directive, revelation, or commission of the Lord Jesus that we are to be the “Light of the World” and evaluate it using the simple message of that song.  Reviewing the lyrics we find it begins with the chorus:

You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.

            You can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.

            There’s a little light in all us by God’s design

            But you can’t be a beacon if your light don’t shine.

             The first verse draws some interesting analogies revealing that we ask for truth but fail to live truthfully.  We want to be forgiven but fail to forgive.  Verse two asks how we can ask children, to be honest, and truthful when they are witnessing the opposite in us. How can we try to teach them spiritual or moral vision when we group around in blindness?  After each verse, the chorus is echoed that we “can’t be a beacon if our light don’t shine.”

Think about that.  Jesus said, “You ARE the light of the world…”  He did not say, you should be He said YOU ARE.  But if our commission is to be lighthouses for the world how can we provide that service and ministry if we are walking around with weak candles or penlights?  Jesus, illustrated His truth asking, how a city that is on a hill could be obscured from view.  He went on to remind us that people do not light lamps to hide them under a covering.  They light lamps to put them on lampstands in order to provide light and clarity to all in the house.  He then powerfully stated, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Paul said in 2 Corinthians 3 that we are “epistles or letters know and read of men.”  Our lives, deeds, words, and actions present the gospel and as representatives and manifestations of our Lord, we are the Jesus the world sees.  I am not suggesting that we are flawless but we should seek to be “Lights for the World” pointing them to Christ and giving them cause to glorify the Father in heaven.  That is a very real and purposeful reason for us to “walk carefully and circumspect” before all men, in all things, and at all times.

It is as I remain conscious that my life is the reflection of God that the world sees I am far more careful about how I walk, talk, and act.  Some argue that they have liberty to do various things and disregard the impact it might have on a weaker brother or an unbeliever but I suggest that if our lives are to be Lights to the Word pointing to Christ we must, at times, forgo our liberty for the sake of another.  We do not want to become offenses even though we cannot keep people from being offended.  If my light is not shining I cannot be a beacon so seek to “Let your Light Shine like a Lighthouse!”

            God bless you as you embark on this day’s journey!


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