Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
A child was in very poor health. One night, when he was overly sick, his nurse found him with his nose pressed against the frosty glass of his bedroom window. “Child, come away from there. You’ll catch a serious cold,” she fussed, but the young lad wouldn’t budge. He sat mesmerized as he watched an old lamplighter slowly work his way through the black night lighting each street lamp along his route. “See, look there,” the child pointed. “There’s a man poking holes in the darkness.” That’s what we are called to do, shine and poke holes into the darkness.
As Jesus said, a light is put on the lampstand so that it can shine it’s light and achieve maximum impact. The light must be seen to be effective and the salt must be tasted to be effective.
What kind of works are we displaying? The world is looking and when they see our good works then they are drawn to God and they give him the glory.
Our character, our speech, our relationships, our work ethics etc all these are things that people see, the question then would be, do we practice what we preach? Is my lifestyle aligned to the message that I preach?
Jesus said ” I only do that which I see my father do” and the same should apply to us. We should only do that which we see in the word and allow the Holy Spirit to direct us. We should only do that which is in our constitution called the Bible.
There is nothing like secret discipleship, undercover Christians. Either discipleship will destroy secrecy or secrecy will destroy discipleship. We are meant to shine, let’s not be apologetic about it.
As a light that is shinning, are you on a lampstand or have you hidden your light under a bushel?
As the salt, can your saltiness, your beliefs and faith be felt in your sphere of influence or have you blended in and lost your saltiness?
What can you do to be more influential and have more impact?