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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:15-16
Light isn’t particularly generous. It doesn’t strive to shine on people. It doesn’t make a conscious decision to pour itself out. Giving itself is not an optional extra, which some days it chooses to do and some days it doesn’t because it doesn’t really feel like it. Giving itself is its whole function and purpose, nothing more, nothing less.
We are called to be light. We shouldn’t hide it, but instead, put it on a stand so that it gives light to ‘everyone in the house’ and to let it ‘shine before others, that they may see [our] good deeds and glorify [our] Father in heaven’ (Matthew 5:15-16). We need to indiscriminately show the ‘God-colours’ of this world, in the way that we live, because ‘God is not a secret to be kept’. I tell hilarious stories all the time, and I immediately update people when great things happen to me. How often do I rave and excitedly exclaim about the hope that is within me, or the God who saved me?
The Message gives us three clear next steps for living this generous light-giving life.
Light is generous. It shines in all directions on everyone and everything. It doesn’t make a difference how much darkness there is; light will reach into every part of it and illuminate what was once hidden. It consistently and unfailingly shines on everything it touches, changing everything about the landscape and situation. Giving itself is its whole function and purpose, nothing more, nothing less. So how can you be light today?