We all know that Jesus is the light of the world– He says this very plainly in the book of John.
“‘When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”‘ John 8:12
However, in Matthew something more surprising is recorded:
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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 5:14-16
Here He is speaking to His disciples. They are also to be the light of the world. People should see Him through them. That same verse applies to us today. We are the disciples; we are the light of the world. Do people see us and know who we are? Do they learn to obey and glorify God through our example? This is a daunting responsibility.
How do you feel about yourself when you apply these verses to your daily life? Do you live up to them or come even close? Do most of the people you come in contact with even know you are a Christian? Does your behavior match your mission as a follower of Jesus? Do you realize how special you are to Him?
In the Via de Cristo Pilgrim’s Guide this statement is at the end of the examination of conscience:
“Understand that from now on, I consider you one of my faithful ones… and the infidelities of the faithful, these are the things that wound my heart most deeply.”
Christ is counting on you to be His light in the world. He has no other plan. It’s up to you (and me).