There is a popular Christmas song entitled Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow. In that song, the writer tells us not to go out in the storm since they have no place to go so he suggested everyone to stay at home and let the weather takes place. But today, it’s the opposite. We have a chant that every Christians should know whether the world outside is too dark, cold and lonely, we need to fill this world with the light that comes from Jesus as the true source of light of this world.
Matthew 5:14-16 is our text. From these verses, Jesus was able to give us our purpose so that as long as we live as follower of Christ we are called to SHINE.
Which brings me to my first point
- We are called to Spread it in the world. – v14a “You are the light of this world”
Jesus is the true source of light when He mentioned in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” The light that we need to spread and reflect to this dimming world is coming from Christ. He said that we will have the light of life. How can we have that life? By reflecting what is in Jesus by following Him.
- We Christians must spread this light of ours to others by our testimony.
Ephesians 5:8 says “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light”. We are called to live this calling to this dying world.
- We need to spread it through our trials
Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid?
Illustration about the moon. The moon can only be fully appreciated once everything else goes dark. The beauty of the radiance of the moon can be appreciated once it is full moon when you can only see its reflection from the sun. Same with us as Christian, whom shall we fear when we know we can reflect more God’s light to people.
- Spread it through our talk
Psalm 119:130 “The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.
1 John 1:5-6 “This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. If we claim to have fellowship with him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live out the truth.”
- We are called not to Hide – v14b, 15a “A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.”
So when Jesus told His disciples and now that we are told to be the same, He meant that this light should not be hidden. This light should be burning and not to be covered, it should be seen by others.
As Christians, our lives become a public figure ready for others to see and not to be privy on it. When we became the children of God, our lives began to be an open book ready to be read by others. Hiding our true identity is hated by God. Even in the Parable of the Talents, the 3rd person was satisfied to hide his talent and that is the cause of God’s wrath on him. Even in the Parable of the 10 virgins, Jesus wanted to say that our lights should be burning until He comes!
Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb in 1879. Twenty-two years later, in 1901, one of the newfangled gadgets was hung and turned on in the Livermore, Calif., Fire Department. It’s still there, and still on. The old bulb has almost never been turned off in 117 years.
By today’s standards it should have burned out 852 times by now. The bulb, hand-blown, with a thick carbon filament, was made, it is said, by the Shelby Electric Company, which did not become one of the giants of the nation, for an obvious reason. The Shelby Company made light bulbs to last, and nobody ever reordered.
The bulb is accorded an awesome respect by Fire Captain Kirby Slate and his men. In a time of planted and planned obsolescence, when gadgets are forever falling apart or burning out or breaking up, it’s reassuring to watch a dusty 117-year-old light bulb shine on and on and on.
What an assurance we have that our lights will be burning whenever we are with Jesus.
Robert Louis Stevenson, the author of Treasure Island, when he was a boy, he would stand at his window during the winter nights. He would watch the public lamp posts as they were being lit. He found amazement in the act of doing so. He would say, “Look, there is a man poking holes in the darkness!”
Jesus used the analogy of using a town built on a hill because this is where Jesus wanted to see His children to be seen by others. Jesus wanted our lives not only to be seen by some of our families but rather by all our relatives, friends, communities and if possible the whole nation.
Ephesians 5:14 “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.”
And that moves me into my next point.
- We are called to Illuminate – v15b “Instead they put it on a stand, and gives light to everyone in the house.”
Another term for light up is to illuminate. This is where the unit of measurement of light intensity which is lumen came from. The more lumens the more the light intensity is being shone to an object. Now we know that we are not the true source of light but we are the product of God’s light being shone to us so that we are called to illuminate for others.
A father and his son were attending a wedding when the son suddenly asked a question.
Dad, why is the bride wearing white?
Because white is the color of happiness, and this is the happiest day of her life and she wants people to know it.
So, why does the groom wear black?
It doesn’t mean that when the groom wears black it means sadness, but it’s about color combination. That in a wedding there should be some contrast or a theme to be followed. But when you applied this to our lives, this theme that you have now in your life, God is the one who decides and whatever the color you may be wearing make sure the lights is still radiant and not unhealthy.
In the Bible there 2 kinds of meaning for the word “good”. In Greek the word “agathos” means “good quality” but the other term “khalos” means “attractive or beautiful or looking good”. Here on this verse, when Jesus said “that they may see your good deeds” He simply means that your light should be attractive, having an atmosphere of beauty or good looking light.
Colored light attracts people and we are lighted up to give colors to our life. And it is Jesus who causes us to give light as colorful as we can because we attract the light coming from Him.
Another purpose of light in us aside from attracting people to see us is that once they see this light they will glorify the Father. It is God who caused us to illuminate for others to be seen however this light must also goes to the origin of that light which is God. These people will see us not to glorify us but to exalt the Father in heaven.
It is the glory of the Father that has risen in us that’s what is it says in Isaiah 60:1-2 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”
It is not our glory that they seen in us but it’s God’s so whenever these men see in us the good deeds we reflect it to see God’s glory in us. It causes us to be what 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
Philippians 2:15 “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky”
Luke 11:34-35 says “Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are healthy, your whole body also is full of light. But when they are unhealthy, your body also is full of darkness. 35 See to it, then, that the light within you is not darkness.
We must bring good quality of light not just the intensity of it.
Now I have a point I promise, A lumen is the measurement of how intense or how bright an object is. One lumen is equal to a single lit candle.
The luminosity of the sun is 6.84 Octillion. That is 6.84 followed by 25 zeros!
Philippians 2:15 “so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky.”
The sun is rather bright. And shining to that magnitude would certainly catch someones attention.
The largest known star is UY Scuti. its radius is 738,420,000 miles. If placed at the center of the Solar System, its photosphere would at least engulf the orbit of Jupiter. A hypothetical object travelling at the speed of light would take about eight hours to travel around UY Scuti at maximum, whereas it would take 14.5 seconds to circle the Sun.
However, UY Scuti is not the brightest star. That record is held by a star that is less than 2.5 % of UY Scuti’s size.
R136a1 (yes that is the name of the star) has a radius of 15 million miles. That makes is only about 30 times that size of the sun. This comparatively small star has a brightness (no joke) almost 9 million times more luminous than the sun.
So take that 6.84 Octillion, times it by almost 9 million and then you have it. The luminosity of the brightest known star. This thing puts the sun to shame.
A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do you light a candle and hid it under a basket. Instead it is elevated and gives light to all who are in the house. Therefore, let your light so shine before men that they might se your good works and glorify you father in heaven.
What are the purposes of God when He called us out from darkness?
- To Spread light in the world
- He called us not to Hide
- To Illuminate others
We are all called to SHINE!
Psalm 33:1 “Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.