“You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  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.  In the same way let your light shine before others…” Matthew 6:14-16 ESV

Jesus made sure that there would be no question about our role on this earth.  You and I are to be lights.  And we’ve been located right in the middle of a very dark world.

The darkness has created a climate of frustration, fear, and hopelessness.  When you can’t see you’re afraid to move very far for fear you’ll not find your way back.  But back to where?  Because of darkness, people are groping for light switches. The darkness prevents people from seeing the truth about their current condition.  They are desperate for change but aren’t sure what that change would look like.

That’s where you and I come in.  We are to be lights.  Others should not have to wait until they find us before they can see.  We have been commissioned by God to function as lights wherever we go.  As we run into others, some will see.  Obviously, you can’t force a person to open their eyes but you can provide light to those who do.  When you live as a light they will see the truth of God’s love, of God’s redemptive act, and God’s gift of life.

Can you imagine the uselessness of a shining light in an empty closet? What a waste of the light!  Jesus put it this way, “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.”  To be designated as a light and yet to be hidden so that no one can see your light is absurd.  A light is placed where it can be seen…so that others can see.

The “fisher of men” is one who regularly chooses to be around others who have yet to connect with Jesus Christ.  A “fisher of men” is going to fish where the “fish” are.

Silence is a contradiction of who you are.  Now that you’ve become a “fisher of men” you are to let your light shine in a way that others can see.  To be silent about what you now know is the equivalent of turning your light on in an empty closet.

Get out of the closet and go tell somebody…today.  They’re looking for a light switch hoping it will turn on the light and show them the Way.

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