You are the light of the world…

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father. Matt. 5:14-16.

Let's look at the two examples of light that Jesus gives us here.

 1) A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. In the grand scheme of things, the city on the mountain can be seen by "all" even from far away. The details of the city aren't noticeable but, its existance can't be denied. Much like the Church.

2) The lamp on the lampstand gives light to "all" in the house. On a smaller scale, the light  lights up the house and when each house is lit up, the whole community is lit up. Presenting the "city" on the mountain, the Church on earth.

Just so, our light must shine before others. Christ must be the light that shines before others, not just at church, going through the motions, but in our lives. In our house, our community, our city. Doing the work of Christ, so the Father will be glorified in them. That means obedience and sacrifice. Isn't that the way Jesus glorified His Father?

A growing and thriving personal relationship with God, strenghtens the Church body. The opposite is also true. A stagnant, listless personal relationship with God, weakens the Church body.

Let us determine in our hearts, our souls and our minds this day to be salt. To be light. And may our Father in heaven be glorified, through Jesus our Lord, who lives and reigns with Him and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

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