“In the same way, let your light shine before people,
so they can see the good things you do
and praise your Father who is in heaven.”
In the gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells his listeners they are like a “city on a hill” that cannot be hidden. Jesus said these words near the Sea of Galilee, which rests at the base of a valley. When the sun went behind the hills, the towns and villages dotting the hillside around the Sea of Galilee were plainly visible.
Followers of Jesus are to let their light shine. They are to act in Jesus’ name. When people notice, Christians are to explain humbly the reasons for their service, and invite others to give thanks to the God who sends his people forth to love, serve, and sacrifice for their community.
The things we do are of critical importance. The Christian life does not consist only in what we believe, but in what we do. It is in generosity, in serving, in caring for the poor and the outcast that we reveal to others who God is. Through these actions, a space is opened where we can extend an invitation for others to encounter God and to praise him.
Lord Jesus, help me to act in this world in a way that lets my light shine.
Let my good deeds point people to you,
so that they might give you thanks. Amen.