Sharing Christ with Others: Be the Light

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:14-16, ESV

Everyone of us who believes in Jesus and follows him is called to be a light to the world (society, all people). This means that we should live in such a way that our lives motivate people who know us to glorify God and believe in Jesus.

In accordance with the Lord’s teaching in the preceding verses, we should be (i) poor in spirit, (ii) people who mourn for the pain, suffering, and evil that take place in the world, (iii) meek, (iv) righteous, (v) merciful, (vi) pure in heart, (vii) peacemakers, (viii) people who are committed to serving God and following Jesus Christ despite opposition, and people who obey what God says in the Bible about how they should live.

People who live this way are true followers of Jesus Christ. Make no mistake: God’s true children have repented from living for sin and pleasure, and they now pursue living for God through faith in Jesus Christ. Although salvation is by grace through faith, true faith transforms the direction of our lives.

It is God’s true children who draw people to God. Those who are not true children of God—those who only call themselves Christian but do not truly follow the Lord, those who say “Lord, Lord” but do not do what he tells us to do—those kinds of people give Christianity a bad name, cause society to revile God and his Son Jesus Christ, and push peole away from Jesus.

You can’t give what you don’t have, and you can’t be a light to the world if you have not light in you.

So how is your testimony? Do people identify you as a true child of God, or do they think you’re a hypocrite—an actor, a pretender?

And if they do think you’re just a clown, why is that? Do you truly belong to God? Are you truly following Jesus? Are you obeying him? Are there things that need to change in your life?

When people invite you to skip church on Sunday so you can go out with them, do they do that because they know you don’t take your faith seriously?

When people around you curse and use the Lord’s name in vain, do they do that because they know you will also do the same?

When people need help, do they know they can count on you?

Do people count on you to do the right thing, or do they know you’e not reliable?

Do people thik you live like them—getting drunk on Friday nights, having sex outside marriage, watching pronography, listening to the same worldly music they listen to, stealing from your workplace, cheating, using drugs, not rading the Bible, not praying, and coveting wealth? Or, do people know you live for God and Jesus Christ?

No, you don’t have to be perfect—but, if you make mistakes, fail, and sin, you need to repent and change your ways—and if people know about your faults, then you should be able to publicly confess and repent, and people should see a change in your behavior.

But what Jesus is telling us in this passage of Scripture is essential—because it means that people care about the way you live. If they don’t see a difference in your life, they aren’t really being led to God. Worldly Christians and worldy churches, all they do is point people to a false religion, not to God and Jesus.

May this message challenge you to truly live for God, and to truly make a different for God’s kingdom.

Marcelo Carcach

Pastor Marcelo’s Articles

A New Bible Reading Plan

On The Parables of Jesus

On The Book of Revelation

On The Holy Spirit

On Calvinism

On Angels, Demons, and Satan

On God and Jesus

On Genesis

On Church Matters

On Relationships and Marriage

On Sin

Sin — Principles to Define It and Identify It
Know How to Overcome Sin
Know How to Overcome Sin (Part 2)

On Women and The Bible

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