“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
One Christmas eve, about 10 years ago l, the area where I live experienced an out-of- character (at least for us) total white-out blizzard with record snow fall. Thousands of people where stranded in stalled cars. With only 3 snow plows and a few road graders to share between our State’s two largest counties, it took literally days to free everyone. Worst of all, many of us had no electricity for a couple of weeks. We lived several miles out in the country and one of the most erie things I’ve ever experienced was driving home after working overnight into total darkness. All of the grids were down so there was NO electricity, not even for outside light poles. I remember parking my truck down on the last blacktop road (so I wouldn’t get stuck) and beginning the quarter mile hike home in total darkness. The skies were overcast so there was no moon or stars, no pole lights orporch lights, car headlights or house lights-TOTAL DARKNESS! My little flashlight seemed to be the only light for miles. In total contrast, as I approched our house I could see a single flickering candlelight on my porch where my 13 year old son stood waiting for me. What a welcome sight and how BRIGHT that single burning, flickering candle light shown through the darkness!
Jesus left us, His disciples on a dark, sin-filled planet TO BE LIGHT! Jesus tells us in this passage not only to shine brightly but to elevate our light to a place of prominence where it may be seen! Whatever your position or platform in life, rest assured that God has placed you there to be LIGHT IN A DARK WORLD! Think about it!