“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16)
Does the Lord ever bring recurring themes before you—that sometimes you may fight against the brilliance of such illumination? He is saying here believer, don’t be tempted to hide. Don’t shrink back from revealing that which He has placed inside of you. Jesus revealed the Father and so you reveal Christ. Let Him be seen! Let Him be known!
“Christ knew that there would be strong temptation for the men that had it in them to be lights to hide their light. It would draw the world’s attention to them, and so expose them to the ill will of such as hate the light.” (Bruce)
“Such is the light, which revisits us in the silence of the morning. It makes no shock or scar. It would not wake an infant in his cradle. And yet it perpetually new creates the world, rescuing it each morning as a prey from night and chaos. So the Christian is a light, even ‘the light of the world,’ and we must not think that, because he shines insensibly or silently, as a mere luminous object, he is therefore powerless. The greatest powers are ever those which lie back of the little stirs and commotions of nature; and I verily believe that the insensible influences of good men are more potent than what I have called their voluntary or active, as the great silent powers of nature are of greater consequence than her little disturbances.” (Horace Bushnell)