“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
#1: ALL CHRISTIANS HAVE THE LIGHT - NOT JUST SOME!
"You are the light ..."
Having the Light of Christ isn't for just a few special people. Every single person who has given their life over to Christ by faith has the light!
#2: CHRISTIANS ARE TO SHINE THE LIGHT IN THE WORLD - NOT CHURCH BUILDINGS!
"You are the light of the world ..."
To much of what we do to shine the Light of Christ happens in building tucked away from the real world. The people who need to see the Light of Christ are not coming into our church buildings. Christ told us to go shine His light in the world.
#3: CHRISTIANS ARE TO DISPLAY THE LIGHT - NOT HIDE IT!
"A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."
We are not to hide the light away so nobody knows that you follow Christ. Instead, we are to shine His light in a way that lots of people can see it and benefit from it.
#4: GOOD DEEDS IS THE ILLUMINATION OF THE LIGHT - NOT JUST WORDS!
"let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds"
Doing good deeds or loving actions is a way to illuminate people's lives so they can see Christ and God's love.
#5: THE GOAL IS TO GLORIFY GOD - NOT OUSELVES!
"glorify your Father in heaven"
The goal of shining the Light of Christ is for people to glorify God the Father. It should never be our aim to get the glory for ourselves. The glory always belongs to God and God alone!