A City on a Hill

Power Verse: Matthew 5:14-16

You are the light of the world.  A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.


Jesus is calling us out to live a different life because we know Him.  We no longer have living for self as our primary goal.  Charles Barkley, the NBA star said quite a few years ago now after he had done something that others criticized, “I am not a role model.”  But now that you belong to Jesus, He is asking quite the opposite.  He tells us to be a role model, the light of the world, a city on a hill.  We are to be so changed in our actions that others see our good works and give glory to God because of it.

We aren’t saved by those good works, so don’t be confused with doing more to become a Christian, to earn God’s love or to prove your worth somehow.  When grace invades our lives, God changes our hearts and our actions.   That’s part of being a new creation.  We turn from being involved in activities of the darkness, which could involve carousing, drunkenness, materialism and being just plain self-centered.  And as God drives that out of us, He turns us to seeking what He wants for our lives.  

In Acts 10:38 that “Jesus went about doing good.”  Titus 3:8 tells us, “That those who have believed in God may be careful to devote themselves to good works.  These things are excellent and profitable for people.”  And finally, in Ephesians 2:10 we find that “We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”  

Start by going about doing good, just like Jesus.  If there is something you can do to help someone or if there is a way you can bring positivity and goodness to a conversation, a situation or to a person that is down, that’s a good start.  People will just want to be around you.  And when they ask why you’re different than everyone else, you can tell them about Jesus and what He has done in your life.

Go and shine your light!

About Martha

I am an avid student of the Bible, having studied it diligently for over 40 years. More than that, I love Jesus and want to know Him and to show Him in my life. I am currently in the education field as an Elementary Principal, having degrees in School Counseling and Administration. I have a post graduate degree in Child and Adolescent Mental Health from Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. I have also gone to Bible school at the Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions (now Columbia Biblical Seminary) in Columbia, South Carolina and spent summers in youth ministry as well as five years as a youth director in a Baptist General Conference church. View all posts by Martha

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