Matthew 5.14-15 cont.
14 You are the light of the world. It is not possible for a city situated on the top of a mountain to be hidden.
15 Neither do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but put it on a lampstand so that it gives light to everyone in the house.
Modern vehicles are fitted with fog lamps, and legally they must be switched on if the visibility is less than 100 meters or yards. Their objective is to give a warning of their presence to following drivers. These fog lamps are much stronger than the normal rear lamps, or tail lights.
They are designed to pierce through the fog and gloom.
In a very similar way all followers of Jesus are called by Jesus to be the light of the world, and this means that the way in which we live our life should pierce through the fog of human sin, and penetrate through the darkness of the powers of darkness, and slice through the wickedness of satan.
Like fog lamps on vehicles we are to be a warning to other people of any dangers that may be ahead. It can be quite comforting to be following another vehicle that has got its fog lamps on; because we know that they are proving the safety of the way ahead, supposing they are travelling at a speed that is safe for the conditions.
Jesus is our Light, and as we follow Him we walk in the daylight. In this we are His light to the world around us.
Paul wrote to the church at Corinth and said:
And you should imitate me, just as I imitate Christ – 1 Corinthians 4.11.1 (NLT).
He lived His life totally committed to doing things the way Jesus did them, and we need to do the same.
He also wrote much the same thing to the believers in Ephesus:
- You must become, then, imitators of God as beloved children,
- And you must walk in love, even as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us as an aroma, a sweet smelling offering and sacrifice to God – Ephesians 5.1-2.
As the light of the world those who are born again must always be shining the light of Jesus into this world.