“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 ESV).

It’s amazing to me that the God of the universe in the flesh, who refers to Himself as, “the light of the world” (John 8:12), also tells us—true believers—that we are the light of the world. And He doesn’t say that we can be the light of the world, or that if we do this or do that we will be the light of the world, but He declares, “You are the light of the world.” Jesus has so laid claim to us that now, by faith, we are united with Him. And since He is the light of the world, and we are in Him and He is in us, now we are the light of the world.

And as the light of Christ we are not to hide ourselves, but to be ourselves… And that means that we are to openly live for the glory of Christ. We are to let our light shine before others by doing good works of faith… Works that are done out of gratitude for what Jesus has done on the cross; works that are done out of amazement for what Jesus is doing now as He leads us, guides us, and sits at the Father’s right hand ever interceding for us; and works that are done in hope and joy as we look by faith to what Jesus will do in the future when He returns and fixes all that is broken, and we see Him face to face and are made like Him. So our good works shine out the light of Christ to the glory of the Father because they are motivated by God’s grace through faith as we look to the past, present, and future work of Christ. As we look to who Jesus is, what He’s done, is doing, and will do, we see who we are and will be, and that transforms us and motivates us to shine out, do good, and live for God’s glory now.

Because the light of the world has loved us and gave Himself for us, we are now the light of the world as well, and we can live and shine for His glory, not to earn grace, but out of amazement of the grace we already have, are getting now, and are promised to receive. And we live and shine for His glory when our lives display this reality to the world. True good works are good because they point to the goodness of God in Christ. So, look by faith to God’s grace in Christ in the past, present, and future, and shine bright.

I am nothing; Christ is all!

Pastor Nick