Mat 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. (15) Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. (16) Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Today, we will look at the final reason to “turn our light on.”
Every born-again believer should remember that it is the Christian’s Duty to Glorify God in their Faith. If your faith is not worth living, is it worth having? To most Christians, faith is nothing more than a “Get out of jail free” card that has little or no value to them until they die.
But this is not Bible faith. Works may not save us, but they should follow us soon after our conversion. The Bible tells us in James 2:18-20, “Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. (19) Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. (20) But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?”
People cannot see your heart, but they can see your works. We should be willing to step out by faith and do something so impossible that only God could accomplish and that only God could get the glory from it when others witness it.
Secondly, every born-again believer should remember that it is the Christian’s Duty to Glorify God in their Finances. Our bank balance shines a light into our heart for others to see. Jesus taught us in Luke 12:34, “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
Treasure, whether gold, silver, etc., shines and glistens. Our light will reflect our treasure – whether it is the things of the world or the things of God.So many people sacrifice for the temporal (vacations, clothes, cars, etc) but not the eternal things of God (church, missionaries, church planting, etc.)
Finally, all born-again believers should remember that It is the Christian’s Duty to Glorify God in their Fruit. The Bible tells us in Proverbs 11:30, “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”
Maybe no one listens to your help/advice because they don’t see anyone around you (fruit) that have been helped? If we shine our light consistently, there will be those that we find that are tired of the darkness and will respond to the light of the Gospel. Maybe some Christians have never seen a soul saved in their life is because they are not shining their light – they have put it under a bushel.
Jesus is the light of the world, and we are to be the light of the world. He is the son, we are the moon. Are you reflecting the light of God’s grace and mercy, or has sin put your light under a bushel? Are you living your life as a city set on a hill that is pointing people to Jesus Christ?
Someone turn on the light.