“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”
Jesus said we are the light of the world and in John 8:1 2 He said, “…I am the light of the world; he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” Jesus said we are the light of the world because He is the light in us.
And Paul says in 2 Corinthians 4:3-4, “but if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost; in whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ who is the image of God, should shine unto them.”
Now the same way that we must be open in order to receive light, we must be open to let light out. When we think about it, all the things that the devil uses to blind the hearts and minds of people can be the same things he uses to keep believers from letting their light shine. Condemnation, tradition, religion, fear, doubt, unbelief and so much more.
For instance, if we look at people and condemn them because they don’t do what we do or they do what we used to do our light is block by that condemnation. The person on the other side can’t see our light. If we are afraid to approach people and show them the love of God because they may look different or talk different our fears are blocking our light from shinning the person on the other side can’t see our light.
Light can only come in or get out through an openning. Psalms 119:130, “the entrance of thy word giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.” There must be opening for light to enter or exit.
Look and Jesus He came not condemning the world, He bypassed tradition and religion to heal the sick, He wasn’t afraid of what people would say about Him to sit and eat with publicans and sinners and He didn’t allow peoples doubt and unbelief stop Him from revealing Himself. Matthew 4:16 says, “the people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.”
“For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” ( 2 Cor. 4:6). Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine!