“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14)
Jesus said many staggering things, and this statement ranks high on the list - “You are the light of the world.” He is passing the torch to His followers. “The works that I do, you will do,” He told His disciples, “and greater than these, for I go to My Father.” (John 14:12)
Thus does He, who is the Light of the World, turn to His followers and say, “You are the light of the world!” In other words, “Just as I have shown you My Father’s love, so now you do the same to all those around you. For I am leaving, and now you are the revelation of God’s love to the world!”
We are to do the job in the same manner as Jesus. Luke tells us that God “anointed Jesus of Nazareth, with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil; for God was with him” (Acts 10:38).
As God was with Jesus, and anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and power, so now is He with us. And He is fully committed to our success for the sake of His Son’s honor (see John 13:35, and ch.17:21).
Let’s look again at what Jesus said, “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” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Has it ever occurred to you that today, in somebody’s life, you may be the only opportunity they will ever have to see and experience God’s love? That even a simple act of kindness to another can be vested with the power of the Holy Spirit and turn darkness to light? Are you aware that as you stroll through the day in your usual surroundings you are like a torch passing through a cave – bringing light, warmth, and hope every where you go?
Don’t laugh. Don’t dismiss this. And don’t count yourself out. Jesus said it, and He meant it – “You are the light of the world.”
What would each day hold in store for us if we walked through every situation looking for opportunities to say or do something that could reveal God’s love to somebody else who really needs it?
Go for it and see what happens! “Arise; Shine – and Let there be Light!”
(PS – if you are new to “rylisms” you might want to go back and read the previous posts beginning with January 1, 2010, “Arise! Shine!” That will give you the full, unfolding message in this devotional series)