"You are the light of the
world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp
and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all
who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that
they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven"
Jesus wants us to shine our
light for God. Jesus describes his disciples as "a city set upon a hill." A
city on a hill is noticed. What you do, as His disciple, gets noticed.
Everything you do gets noticed by somebody. The words you speak are heard.
Your attitude is seen in your every act. Where you go is noticed. It all has
influence for good or bad.
Who Know You Notice.
Nearly every day you see the same people at work, or at school. There is a
circle of friends that you hang out with. They notice you. They see whether
you pause to thank the Lord before you eat. They see how you drive your car.
They see what you wear. They see what you doing during services. They see
how you handle difficult situations. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Don't forget your own family. They notice. More than anyone else, they know
if your faith is real or not. They know if you are serious about the Lord or
not. What do the people who know you see?
Who Don't Know You Notice.
Nearly every day there are people we meet that we really don't know. Those
that work at gas station, post offices, UPS drivers, those in doctor's
offices. They see how we handle inconveniences. They see how patient we are.
They see how honest we are. Our attitude is seen in how we respond to
various situations. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Christians are
positively distinctive from the world
Notices. God sees all.
"The eyes of the LORD are in every place, watching the evil and the good"
"looks upon the heart"
16:7). He cannot be
mocked or fooled
6:7-9). Nobody can
play games with God and win! A city set upon a hill cannot be hidden. You
are noticed! The closer we get to Jesus, the light of the world, the
brighter our light will shine! The Christian has the most important
influence in the world, for he or she has the power of the gospel in their
own life, which can change the lives of people around them lost in darkness.