After ministering to a great crowd, Jesus ‘went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him’. Imagine yourself among them, sitting on mossy rocks at the feet of the teacher. It’s a lot quieter and a little cooler here and you wait to hear what He will tell you.
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 (Matt 514-16).
What better place to illustrate His point but on a mountain? It hadn’t been too long before this that the devil had taken Him to a very high mountain to show Him the kingdoms of the world; Jesus knew only too well how dark the world had become. In Luke 1, Zechariah prophesied, “the sunrise shall visit us from on high to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace”.
Jesus knew that not everyone would welcome the light because they wouldn’t want their deeds in full view. But this was the reason He wants His disciples to shine – sin needs to be addressed and it needs to be dealt with. Jesus is asking that we illuminate the truth and that people would see the beauty of living in it.
Maybe you’re thinking that you can be subtle and discreet, like salt, but you don’t want to be a bold and obvious bright light. Jesus is not asking you to be a disco ball or a strobe light – you don’t want to give people a headache – but you do need to shine. This instruction of the Lord is not about you and it is not for your benefit. We are His vessels, bringing The Light to the lost that they may see Jesus and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.