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Let Your Light Shine

Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.


"Ye are the light of the world. 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." (Matthew 5:14-16 KJV)

Don't Hide Your Light

One of the most illuminating commandments in the Bible says, "Don't hide your light! Let it shine for all; let your good deeds glow for all to see, so that they will praise your heavenly Father." Just as a city that is sitting on top of a hill cannot be hidden, we should let our light shine so others can see it. The city's light at night shines in the midst of darkness and can be seen for miles.

We, having accepted the Lord Jesus as our personal Savior, should live for Him. Then our own lives will glow like lights showing others what Christ is like. A person's life is like a lamp, and if it does not help others to see, it is useless. We should be a beacon of truth for the rest of the world to follow their way to Jesus just like we did.


Don't Keep the Light to Yourself

Since the light of Jesus' truth is revealed to us and is not hidden, we should not be selfish and try to keep the light to ourselves by hiding it under a bushel. Instead, we should put it on a lampstand for all to see.

As we do the good work which God has planned for us to do, our light will shine for all to see and to believe. It will carry the power of divine conviction to others. Christ is our light dwelling in us; yet shining in the world to help those who are in darkness find their way to God. Every believer is needed for this task.

Jesus Christ: The Source of Light

Jesus Christ Himself is the source of light, and those who desire light must receive it from Him. Jesus Christ is the light of the world, and the darkness has not and will not extinguish that light. God is the Creator of light, and through his Son, Jesus Christ, light was brought to all.

The coming of Jesus was a great light to the world. Jesus was perfect. His purity and holiness are adequately illustrated only when compared to light. Anyone who believes in Him and receives this light needs never again live in darkness.

The world is filled with the darkness of sin and suffering, disappointment and despair, heartache and helplessness. In the darkness of our lives, we cry out for a new way of seeing - a new way of understanding.


Jesus is the True Light

In the presence of God, we become aware of our sinful nature. His light shows sin in our lives. In Him, there is no darkness at all. To walk in the light is to live in fellowship with the Father and the Son.

Jesus is the true light. We can avoid walking blindly through life and falling into sin by following Him. He lights the path ahead of us so we can see how to live. He removes the darkness from our lives, but when we feel that we are surrounded by darkness, it is only the shadow of Jesus standing between us and our enemies.

Jesus came into the world so that everyone who believes may not remain in darkness. He helps us see our way to God, and He shows us how to walk along that way.

Reflect the Light

Our job is to shine for Jesus in an unbelieving world. As we let our light shine, the light of Christ reflected in our lives helps those in darkness find their way. When we receive the light of life from God, we continue to walk in the light of fellowship with Him, and He makes us shine as a light in the dark world. We cannot create light, but we can reflect the glory of Jesus so that others may see Him in us.

How interesting that God should give the world light as one of His first gifts. On the very first day of Creation, He said, "Let there be light and there was light" (Genesis 1:3). In the same way, the first step in the spiritual birth of an individual is for light to come. God commands the light of understanding to shine in our hearts.

Let Your Light Shine For Others

Light is indispensable to life. Without light, the world as we know it could not exist. Without light, nothing could grow. Without light, there would be no color or beauty.

Have you allowed the light of Christ to shine in your life? If so, those who see you need never to stumble in darkness again because you are letting your light shine for them!

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Jack Jenn from Living in hope on planet earth. on June 23, 2020:

Hi Margaret,

I enjoyed every word in your article about light - and as you rightly mention, it is so important to openly display that light that is within us shining ever brightly for Jesus. Hiding it within ourselves is just self centeredness.

I was thinking of how a lost sheep will overcome their many reasons for shying away from the truth but the more you display that light the more it will break down the barriers that may be holding that sheep back. It is every Christian's responsibility to shine that light to others and you never know when He might bring a lost sheep across anyone's path at any time, so we all need to be watching in case that happens.

And there is no need to feel unworthy in that - God can use anyone He chooses to fill that role at any time. It's not a matter of being eloquent in speech - it's simply showing others what that light is by your actions. Paul wasn't gifted in eloquent speech but look how effective he was.

My best regards Margaret,


Leslie Robertson from Tennessee on October 15, 2018:


TNSabrina on September 27, 2013:

Awesome hub! I need to work on it!

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 20, 2011:

Carl B, thanks for reading and responding to this article about letting your light shine.

Carl B on March 20, 2011:

I loved this. Very inspirational!

randomlogic on March 14, 2011:

I am honored to have you as my first follower. BOth os those verses stay with me evey minute of every day. God has used them both mightily in my life.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 14, 2011:

randomlogic, thanks for reading and responding to my article about being a light in the world. Jeremiah 29:11 and Isaiah 40:31 are two of my favorite scriptures. I'm glad to know you like them too.

randomlogic on March 14, 2011:

Thanks for your hub (s) revmjm, I just finished your thoughts on the rapture as well. God never sends out his word without it accomplishing his desire. Darkness seems to be growing but I fear it's due to so many of us not allowing God's light to shine through us. PRayers and blessings

Jeremiah 29:11 ISaiah 40:31

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 14, 2011:

Yes, indeed Dave. We are the light of the world so others might see us and turn to God. Thanks for reading and responding.

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on March 14, 2011:

revmjm: Well done my sister. We are the light, not to be buried under a bushel basket, but to shine for all to see.

capncrunch from New Orleans on March 13, 2011:

Another great hub. Something we all take for granted with real significant meaning indeed.

Marcella Glenn from PA on March 13, 2011:

Thank you for this hub.

FaithDream from (Midwest) USA on March 12, 2011:

Thanks revmjm for shining the light in these Hubpages. I am grateful for your light's presence.

We are called to be the salt and light, we should never take that for granted.

Bless you my dear sister.

Margaret Minnicks (author) from Richmond, VA on March 12, 2011:

Michael, thanks for mentioning the lighthouse. I think I will change the picture in my article to a lighthouse because that is a very good illustration of how a believer can be a beacon for the unbeliever to come to God.

heart4theword, thanks for reading and responding.

Isaiah Michael from Wherever God leads us. on March 12, 2011:

I was just thinking of this a day or so ago, how a lighthouse has no other communicating ways other than to shine the light. That is just what we need to do is continually shine the light, the blessed Gospel light that shines from shore to shore.

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