Verse 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.”
Now that we have talked about the various angles of salt in our life let’s take a few days discussing light.
We know that Jesus said He was the light of the world (John 8:12) but here He is calling us the light of the world. Is this to say that we are equal with Him? Of course not! But this whole parable is trying to help us remember that we are to be reflecting Him in every way possible to the world around us. Just as the moon is not a light but reflects the light of the sun Jesus is telling us we are to be reflecting Him in such a way that we appear as lights ourselves.
What does it take to reflect Him? If we pick up a mirror and look at ourselves we see our reflection. We see the various crooks and crannies of our face and see the shadows that are there. That is unless we are close to a good light source. If we are using a well-lit mirror then not only do the shadows disappear but we also get to see ourselves clearer than we normally do. We see the things that we tend to forget are there. The closer we are to the light source the more truth we see of ourselves. But unless we cleanse the blemishes we find, we can’t reflect the light purely.
Only that which is clean can reflect clearly. Jesus called us the light of the world and was expecting us to reflect Him brightly to the world. We can’t reflect Him if we are living blemished lives and we can’t reflect Him very brightly if we aren’t walking close to Him or at least facing Him.
We need to be intentional about being the light of the world. It is so easy to reflect the darkness that is all around us but to shine as a beacon for another kind of life is what we are called to do. 1 John 1:5b says, “God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.” If we are not close to Him and clean in His presence we will not be reflecting Him fully.
We have to come to the place where we decide how serious we are in following Christ. If we are serious we can’t step back from being the light on the hill that Jesus said we were. We can’t reflect Him or shine in our world if we are not letting ourselves be exposed by Him and don’t put ourselves in proximity to Him to reflect. The moon goes through phases, but we should not.
Making It Personal
Are you consistently reflecting Him and shining in the world? Do those around you come near you to know God more? What needs to change in your life to reflect Him more?
Making It Personal Kids
What does it mean to reflect? How can we reflect Jesus? Why does Jesus want us to reflect Him?
Father, we are sorry for the times we have failed You in living the way You have called us to and thereby not being the light in this world that You want us to be. Open our eyes to where we are hiding our light. In Jesus’ name, amen.