“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matt. 5:14-15 (NLT)
Have you ever driven through a mountain pass at night and, as you make your way around a foothill, you see the lights of the city below? Whether you’re flying on a clear night or driving through a mountain pass, the lights of a city are unmistakable. The same is true of a city on a hill. Even from the valley, its light at night can be seen for miles. This is Christ’s intent for His church. We are the light of the world. When Jesus uses the word “You” in this passage, think of it as a plural pronoun. It was written in the plural form so we would consider the collective power our light can generate in a world of darkness. We are to be His beacon of truth, hope and love.
The Bible says,
“God’s light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.” John 3:19 (NLT)
The dictionary defines darkness as the partial or total absence of light. It is synonymous with wickedness and evil. Mark Twain said, “Everyone is a moon, and has a dark side…” Left to ourselves, we would continue to live in darkness. But, the Bible offers us hope to escape the darkness. In 1 John 1:5, John writes,
“This is the message we heard from Jesus and now declare to you: God is light, and there is no darkness in Him at all.”
Through Christ, we can enter the light and experience true fellowship with one another. In verse 7 it says,
“… if we are living in the light, as God is in the light, then we have fellowship with each other, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
His light eradicates the darkness in us and enables us to live at peace with one another, enjoying fellowship and community. This is the light the church offers a world in turmoil today. Is it as obvious in your relationships with other Christ followers as a city on a hilltop? Because His blood cleanses us from all sin, we can walk together in His light! When we do, it will attract the world to the source of our light, Jesus Christ.