14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
In ancient times people built towns on top of hills. If you were standing below the town at night against the dark sky you would see the light coming from the houses and shops clustered together, you couldn’t miss it. In modern times we approach cities from above in a plane; as we approach a city we also see the darkness settled across the land; the light emanating from the city stands out, you can’t miss it. When we turn on the light in a dark room we do it so that we can see but so can everyone else who enters the room, we all benefit from the light. When followers of Jesus do acts of kindness in Jesus name, light fills the room, we see Jesus and our Heavenly Father is glorified (Ps. Dale).
Thoughts for the day
- What does this passage tell us about God and people?
- What do you feel God is telling you through this passage?
- How can you apply this passage in your daily life?
- Who can you encourage with this story/message?
Pray for the people around you. Take a minute to pray for those you can see; or those who immediately spring to mind.