“A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Christ Himself spoke these words in encouraging His followers to be those known for their good works. As we read these words, we should think of our own calling, caution, and command as Christ’s lights.
First, we see in these verses that Christians are called to good works. This is a high calling given by Jesus Christ Himself. While we at times may be no more beautiful than a light bulb, the light we reflect should clearly show the beauty of our Savior.
Second, we see the caution that it is possible to be a hidden light. Just as our children may sing, “Hide it under a bushel, NO!” we should remove anything from our lives that may keep the light of Christ from shining clearly. Bitterness and mediocrity should never be hallmarks of the Christian’s life.
Third, Christians have a command to do good works. We certainly live in a great and free country, but this freedom should never be confused with our obligation to point others to Christ by our good works. Doing good is not optional for those of us who claim the name of Jesus Christ. Christians not known for good deeds will bring shame, not glory on the Name of our God.
At LCA we have a special program, one we call “Bright Knights.” It is our goal to recognize individual students who become known for bringing glory to God through their good works. Students in first through twelfth grades may earn this recognition as we encourage all of our constituents to focus on glorifying God through good works.