Light is a very common metaphor in the Bible. Along with darkness, light is often used to contrast. Light allows people to see. We can’t see without light. Christians show the world how much God loves them and what Jesus has done to restore their relationship with him.

We are meant to be conspicuous to others. Christians must set the example. Suppose there is a group of people and someone suggests they do something bad. Unless someone speaks up and protests, the wrong action will be acted upon. But if someone rises and says, “I will not be a party to that,” then another may rise to say, “neither will I” Christians must take the lead and not remain silent.

Some people in this world do not have the moral strength to take a stand by themselves, but if someone shows them the way, they will follow. It’s our duty as Christians to take a stand.

In a world of darkness, we are those who reflect the light we have found in Jesus. But Jesus’ point is that we aren’t just to shine our lights in our own little circle of influence, but we are to shine them so that every place of darkness is either brought to the light or is exposed for what it is. We are to be the warning lights to unbelievers and speak the truth in love.

We are told not to put our light under a bowl, not to conceal the light. Don’t hide your Christianity. Light exposes things that are hidden in darkness. We too are to speak in those moments when we become aware of wrongdoing.

It is not only our words that should teach the Gospel, but also our actions, our lifestyles.

In a world filled with non-stop rhetoric, actions speak louder than words. People will not be convinced by our words but more by our good works. Good works means doing the right thing and not the wrong thing in every circumstance.

Be a giver instead of a taker. If you see someone in need, take time to give assistance in any way you can. Love your enemies, do good to them and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Your reward will be great.

When we do good works, we should be careful to point people to God who inspired them, lest the recipients give us the credit, instead of God. Remember the words of Jesus, when he said, “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good works and praise your Father in heaven.”

How bright is your light for Christ? What steps can you take to brighten the witness of your actions in the week ahead?

You are the light of the world. As you live out His goodness visibly in front of the people of the world, your life will point them to Jesus where they too can find real life.