Summary: We are expected to be the lights shining in the dark places of this world so that others can find their way to the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an 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
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth give thee light. Luke 11:33-36 KJV
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. Psalms 119:105 KJV
The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. Psalms 119:130 KJV
Light occupies a very prominent and important place in the Word of God! It is there from the first recorded utterance of God "Let there be light" in the first chapter of Genesis, to where the " the Lord God giveth them light" in the last chapter of the book of Revelation! Light plays a vital part in the life on this planet physically, and an even more vital part spiritually, in humanity. God is called "the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning" His Word is a lamp and a light. Jesus is "the Light of the World" and we are also lights who should shine for Him!
1. WE ARE CALLED TO BE LIGHT AND TO DO WHAT LIGHT DOES BEST, TO ILLUMINATE!
As children of God we are made to shine, not of our own power, but by the Father's enablement. We are referred to as 'light' and 'children of light'!
Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. John 12:35-36 KJV
Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. Ephesians 5:6-14 KJV
As the lights of the world, we are expected to shine. We do not EVER turn off the light. We are to let it shine before men for a reason, that God may be glorified. How can we glorify God? By letting our light shine before men in a particular manner. This allows men to see what the light shines on!
It's so bright in here and so dark out there! Why is the light not shining in the darkness?
When a person enters a house that's in darkness, that person automatically reaches for a light switch, in order to illuminate the area. When Jesus comes into a person's life, He produces light in that life. As we surrender our lives to Him, He lights up every room we open to Him. As we allow Him full access, and enjoy His light, we ourselves become transmitters of that light. In a blackout street, the house with all its window lighted up will draw attention. As children of the light we are transparently illuminating, as living letters, known and read by all men!
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9-10 KJV