Being light all the time is tough. As this verse relates, being light invokes a few images. First the light of the world, much as sunlight is to the earth. We are responsible for bringing light to the whole world, to illuminate everywhere, not just in the places of our choosing.
We are the city on the hill, which can be seen for miles around. We are obvious by our activity in the day and by our lighted buildings by night. We ought to be obvious and difficult to be missed to the casual observer in our good works.
We are the lamp that shines in dark room (note how the images become more intimate) providing light to all who in the house. We are to be light to our own families, to all who live in our own house.
Lastly all of this light is in truth good works. If we are light, then we are doing good in our world. It’s isn’t enough to tell people about the light, but we must show them how to be light to others. Please don’t miss this. Christianity was never about your relationship with God alone. It always involves others. You cannot be a Christian and ignore your brothers in the faith. You cannot say “I love Jesus” and ignore the helpless, or hate the hurting.
I encourage you today to shine your light before men, showing them the goodness of God that we might save some. God bless you today!