What Does Matthew 5:14 Mean?

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Matthew 5:14(KJV)

Verse Thoughts

As members of Christ’s body, we are called to be salt and light in a darkened world that is sick and putrefying and in need of Christ’s healing, wholeness light and life. But in a world that is at enmity with God and has in general rejected the good news of the glorious gospel of Christ, this is no easy matter – and we are likely to come up against much resistance to our message of hope and much personal rejection and even hatred, abuse or death.

But we are not expected to hide our light under a bushel nor to turn a deaf ear to their pitiful needs – for all are in need of salvation and all need Christ for forgiveness of sins and life everlasting. We are in the world, but we are not of it, and so our attitude and our actions must show compassion toward those that are dying in their sins, while not being influenced by the prevailing gloom of this evil world-system. Christ entrusted the church with the privileged position of being His ambassadors on earth and we have been called to: let our light so shine before men, that the world may see our good works, and glorify our Father Who is in heaven.

As children of God, who are born of the Spirit we have now become 'light in the Lord'. We are further directed, as the body of Christ, to illumine the world with our godly conduct, so that throughout our Christian life we may walk worthy of our calling as 'children of the light'.

All that we do and all that we are should reflect the glory of the Lord Jesus for a special purpose - so that our heavenly Father Himself may be glorified through our lives. In the power of the Holy Spirit, we should seek to do good, to be gentle, tender-hearted, gracious and kind. We are entrusted to serve one other, forgiving one another while reflecting the beautiful character of Jesus - the Son of light and Giver of life.

We should be like the moon reflecting the glorious light of the sun - diverting attentions away from ourselves onto the lovely person of the Lord Jesus. We should let the light of our "new life in Christ" shine steadily in the darkness of this world - so that all who see us will glimpse Christ reflected in our lives and recognise our heavenly calling – giving praise God our Father in heaven.

My Prayer

God of light and life and peace, we bring before You a world that is ravaged by war and suffering disasters and distress through the actions and attitudes of selfish, sinful men - a world that has chosen to turn its back on the One who is true Light, Life and Love. I pray that You use me in the corner of the world where You have placed me, to bring the light, the life and the love of Christ to a hurting world. Keep me ever mindful that without You I can do nothing - but in the strength and power of Your Holy Spirit, I am enabled to act as Your hands, Your feet and Your heart to those in need, in Jesus name I pray. AMEN.

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