So, now that I have decided to go ahead and shine – where do I do it?
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven. (Matt 5:14-16 NASB)
There is plenty of where in this little passage.
You are a city on a hill (in other words you are set in a prominent and obvious place)
Not hidden under a bushel but on a lamp stand
In the house
Simply put, Jesus is telling us to shine everywhere we go.
As with all of Jesus’ commissioning statements, the command is not GO, but the command is AS you go SHINE.
Notice with me that there is no difference whether you are in the city or in the house. SHINE
Don’t shine in church and disappear (spiritually) at work.
Don’t shine at church and turn into an angry green monster at home.
Shine whether you are in the darkness or the light.
We are not told to reflect. Reflectors don’t work in the dark, and Isaiah 60 makes it clear we are to shine in the darkest of places!
On the hilltops and in the houses!
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