Pristine Grace

Ye Are the Light of the World
Matt. 5:14-16
by Henry Mahan

"Ye are the light of the world...Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven" (Matt. 5:14-16).

     Our Lord tells us that we are lights which He uses for His glory in this world. What purpose does a light serve?

  1. A LIGHT ENABLES PEOPLE TO SEE things as they really are. Phillip asked the Eunuch, "Do you understand what you read?" He replied, "How can I except some man should guide me." God enables us to preach, teach, and witness to others that they may "see Christ and believe on Him."
     
  2. A LIGHT CAN COMFORT. On a dark and stormy night, have you ever said to your little one, "I will leave the hall light on so that you won't be afraid"? A little encouragement and the presence of another believer can help us through a stormy trial.
     
  3. A LIGHT SOMETIMES IS USED TO WARN! Just as a lighthouse warns the ships in the channel of the dangerous places, so a word spoken in due season may keep a brother or sister from serious trouble or an unwise decision.
     
  4. A LIGHT DISCOURAGES CRIME. Law officers encourage people to have their houses and yards well lighted, especially in certain neighborhoods, because light discourages evil deeds. When you and I are in the company of worldly people and family and friends who are not believers,by our faith and godly principles, we may be able to keep tile conduct and conversation of the gathering as it should be