You are a Light to Others


You are a light to others.

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, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16 ESV

Why can’t a city on a hill be hidden?

Because the lights from the houses shine in the night. Back during World War II, some British cities were told to shut their lights off by a certain hour because they didn’t want the Nazi’s to bomb their city. Cities are highly visible at night from any elevated area, whether from the sky or from a hill. A city on a hill is elevated so that people for miles can see its light.

It is silly to hide a lamp when the whole reason for lighting the lamp is to be able to see what’s around you. The light is there, shining in the darkness, so that you can see what is there, and you can see where you are going.

“Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105 KJV

Scripture teaches us who God is so that we will not be led into error. A lot of doctrinal error is logical based on just one Scripture, but just because something is logical doesn’t mean it’s right. If you have knowledge of the entirety of the Scriptures, this will light your way.


But Jesus says that WE are the light of the world. The light is God’s love shining out of us.

Last week I was translating for some Hispanic friends who were at the Social Security office, and the sign said that the average wait was two hours. I had to sit separate from my Hispanic friends, so I began talking to the people around me, asking how long they had waited. We eventually started talking about the Lord. The entire row of chairs I was in, and the people in front of me, were turned around and talking and laughing with me as we chatted. My light was shining.


Another example that struck me was when I was working at a Victorian shop, welcoming the people into the store, a woman walked up to me and asked if I was a Christian. I said yes, and I was amazed and asked her how she knew. She said that she could see Jesus shining from my face.

If you are a Christian, Jesus lives inside of YOU, too! Jesus DOES shine from you, but you can purposely draw closer to Christ so you can shine more and more brightly!

You are a light to others. That is who you are. Christ lives in you, and you shine!

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8 Responses to “You are a Light to Others”

  1. Alicia says:

    Yes, as believers in Christ Jesus, we are carriers of His Presence. His glory will be seen upon us as we live a life surrendered and in love with Him. People can’t help but notice the glory of God upon us. In the New Testament, when people bumped into Peter, they were healed in his shadow, because of God’s glory was all over Peter. This is how we as believers should be. Signs follow those who are believers (Mark). Thanks for sharing!

  2. Andrea says:

    God wants us to be lights in the midst of a whole lot of darkness!

  3. Julie says:

    What awesome responsibility we have to share Jesus. Many need to hear the hope of Jesus. I pray my life shines brightly!

  4. This is my prayer, that others would see Jesus in me! One of the old preachers tells of a time when he was just “there” and a man walked up and said, “sir, your presence convicts me of sin” and he led him to Christ.
    Oh that Jesus would ooze out of my pores, the love of God would spill out of my full cup, and that his light would shine so bright that it would lead others out of darkness!

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