‘You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hidden. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, 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 in heaven.
Reflection by Duke Yaguchi
Jesus compares our works with light. Jesus is asking us to say and do things publicly so that others can see us. Not for our own credit, but so that others can see the active hand of God. I'm thinking when we give thanks, we should thank not only the other person, but we should also give thanks to God. And when we are thanked, we share that thanks with God, out loud and publicly.
I'm very self-conscious about my Christianity. I don't see myself as an evangelist. I don't share my faith out loud or publicly.
My youngest daughter calls herself a humanist. She believes people should be nice and help others, but she doesn't believe in God or religion. From the outside, if you were to observe Rose and me, would you discern any difference? Perhaps not.
Jesus is asking us, asking me, to be braver and bolder and proclaim Him. What is holding me back?
God, I thank you for being in my life and helping me. Help me be a light to others. Help me take the bushel basket off the flame that is inside of me so that others may see your light as well. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.