Matthew 5:16 – “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Our world is filled with darkness and there is evil everywhere. God has chosen His remnant to walk as children of light in this fallen world. Paul the apostle said, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light” (Eph. 5:8). Paul was a zealous Pharisee who persecuted Christians. He was in darkness. But when he encountered Jesus on the road to Damascus, his eyes were opened and he realized his mistake. Paul believed and was baptised in Christ. He served as a light, directing the Gentiles and Jews to Christ.
You are to be like a lighthouse, whose light never goes out, despite storms, rain or difficult situations. Likewise, even if you are going through hardships, may your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matt. 5:16). Another function of light is to expose what is in darkness. A lighthouse can detect pirate ships from afar and can alert the authorities. If you are walking in the light, have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them (Eph. 5:11). Jesus said, “For everyone practising evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). The Pharisees hated Jesus because He exposed their fake deeds and evil nature.
The Bible says, “God is light and in Him there is no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5). Jesus said, “I am the light of the world…” (John 8:12). He also said, “You are the light of the world…” (Matt. 5:14). God expects us to walk and reflect Him in our deeds and actions. Are you shining as light in this world?