Ways that we can be light for the world

You are the light of the world
— Matthew 5:14

Apparent, discernible, distinct, evident, noticeable, visible, clear and conspicuous are just a few words that describes Christians whose lights are shining. 

There are at least two ways that we can be light for the world. We can let our light shine by doing good works, and we can let our light shine by proclaiming the gospel.

In Matthew 5, Jesus is telling us to be visible, clear and conspicuous Christians. 

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel (basket), but on a candlestick (lamp stand), and it giveth 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 which is in heaven. (Matthew 5:14–16)

Christians have always been the first on the scene when there has been a disaster, when people are starving, when there is a country torn by war or devastated by disease.  We can let our light shine at home or in our workplace by being kind, generous, loving, and by living sacrificially for others.  Hardly a day passes that we don’t see many opportunities to let out lights shine.  

So, as Christians, we can let our light shine before others through our good works.

Then, there is a second way to let out lights shine.  We should let our light shine by sharing the good news, the gospel, telling others of their need for Christ. We are not to be secretive about our faith. We can tell our neighbors the good news. We can make sure our coworkers know exactly what a Christian believes. And we can raise our children to walk with the Lord. 

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I had a lady in our church who was distraught that she just couldn’t find time to do some of the things others were doing in the church.  She couldn’t make soul winning or teach a Sunday School class and she was really torn up about it.  This lady had 5 kids, they never missed church, they gave sacrificially, was always willing to help where needed and few other things.  Oh, her kids were model Christian.  I told her that she had a full-time job with a family and that she was raising her children up in a Christian atmosphere and that her light was shining more brightly than most of those who were doing things she didn’t have time for.

I’ve also had people who are just naturally shy, bashful and timid.  They are not ashamed of Jesus or their faith in Him, just naturally shy and they find it hard to witness to strangers.  People who are outgoing can sometimes be unjustifiably critical of people like this.  If you are the shy, timed Christian, don’t let anyone make you feel unworthy or less of a Christian.  There are other ways you can share your faith.  Send a track to a family member or friend.  You can leave a track in places you go even a doctor’s office.  Ask the Lord to help you in your shyness and to be bolder but don’t let Satan or other Christians put you on a guilt trip.

All of us can be and should be conspicuous Christians by letting our lights shine in this world of darkness!  Cleanse your lenses and charge your batteries!  God Bless