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.
Pastor Marcelo’s Articles
A New Bible Reading Plan
On The Parables of Jesus
- Parables of Jesus: The Sower and The Seed (Mark 4:2-9)
- Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom, the House, and The Strong Man (Mark 3:23-27)
- Parables of Jesus: The Patch and The Wineskins (Mark 8:21-22)
- Parables of Jesus: The Bridegroom’s Guests and The Bridegroom (Mark 2:19-20)
On The Book of Revelation
- The Abomination of Desolation, a Past or a Future Event?
- Will There Be a Rapture before The Tribulation?
- Who Restrains The Man of Sin? Analysis of 2 Thessalonians 2:6-7
- Revelation 1:1-8, The Visible Second Coming of Jesus
- Revelation 2:1-7, Letter to The Church in Ephesus
- Revelation 2:8-11, Letter to The Church in Smyrna
- Revelation 2:12-17, Letter to The Church in Pergamos
- Revelation 2:18-29, Letter to The Church in Thyatira
- Revelation 3:1-6, Letter to The Church in Sardis
- Revelation 3:7-13, Letter to The Church in Philadelphia
- Revelation 3:14-22, Letter to The Church in Laodicea
- The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse
- Revelation 6:12-17, The Cataclysm
- Revelation 7:9-17, The Multitude in White Robes
- Analysis of Revelation 8:1-13: The Seventh Seal & the Censer
- The Sixth Trumpet: Four Angels Loosed (Revelation 9:13-21)
- John Measures the Temple (Revelation 11:1-2)
- Revelation 12:1-6 — The Woman, the Dragon, and the Child
- Revelation 12:7-17, Satan Thrown Down to Earth
- Analysis of Revelation 13: The Beasts From the Sea and Earth
- Who Are The Seven Kings in Revelation 17?
- Revelation: Beasts, Heads, and Horns
On The Holy Spirit
- Six Bible Studies on The Holy Spirit
- To Whom Was God Talking in Genesis 1:26?
- The Baptism of The Spirit
- The Spirit Gives Us Life
- Walking in The Spirit
- Led by The Spirit: How The Spirit Leads Us
- Led by The Spirit: How You Can Know Whether The Spirit Is Leading You
- Analysis of The Gift of Tongues
- Why Ephesians 1:4-5 Does Not Teach Calvinism
- Responding to Calvinism: Dead People Can’t Make Choices (Ephesians 2:1)
- Should We Love The World? A Christian Devotional
- Calvinism, Arminianism, or Molinism? Balancing God’s Sovereignty and Humanity’s Free Will
- Does 1 Peter 1:1-5 Support Calvinism?
- Romans 9 Does Not Teach Calvinism
On Angels, Demons, and Satan
- Five Studies on Angels
- Five Studies on Satan and Demons (Part 1)
- Five More Studies on Satan and Demons (Part 2)
- Surviving Death — A Christian View of That Show on Netflix
On God and Jesus
- The Trinity: Is Jesus God?
- Six Devotions on The Attributes of God
- Five Devotionals on The Character of God
- Nine Devotionals On The Identity of Jesus
- Is Jesus G-d? Removing Obstacles
- The One True God, Jesus, and Eternal Life — A Devotional on John 17:3
- Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:1-19
- Read through The Bible, Genesis 1:20 – 2:3
- Read Through the Bible, Genesis 2:4-14
- The Universe, Young or Old: My Comments on Debates Between Creationists
- The Tree of Knowledge and the Forbidden Fruit
- The Lying Serpent in Genesis: What Does It Represent?
- Cain’s Jealousy
On Church Matters
- What Is the Church?
- Preventing Misconduct, Harassment, and Abuse in Churches
- Confronting a Christian Leader (1)
- Confronting a Christian Leader (2)
- Confronting a Christian Leader (3): The Role of the Pastor
On Relationships and Marriage
- Before Jumping into A Relationship, What Do You Believe?
- Before Jumping into a Relationship, Think about Your Partner’s Drinking Habits
- Think About How He Treats You Before Committing to a Relationship (Christian Perspective)
- Before Jumping into a Relationship, Consider Your Partner’s Previous Sex Life
- Divorce and Remarriage in The Bible
- God’s Plan of Unity in Marriage
On Women and The Bible
- Jephtha’s Sacrifice
- Women and Adam’s Rib—An Exposition of Genesis 2:21-25
- Women and Church Leadership (1 Timothy 2:8-5)
- How Women Are Saved—Exploring 1 Timothy 2:15