14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
15 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.
16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
May and June are the big months for commencement services on all levels of education. All kinds of speeches are given to help boost the morale of the students, point them in the right direction, and give them some advice on how to get there. Christ’s Sermon on the Mount was not a commencement speech, an inspirational, or a motivational speech. It was the Savior giving us as His disciples what we are to do not just at commencement, the beginning, but in the middle and at the end of our lives—and that is to shine our light for HIM!
We are not a light, or one of many lights; but Christ says we are THE LIGHT and are to make sure that HE is seen through us and not ourselves. HE uses the “city on a hill” analogy because in the darkness of night, that city would shine across the valleys and ravine and light the way and lead a person to their salvation, safety, food, or shelter. We being the city on a hill as a Christian will lead people to their salvation in Christ, keep them safe from hell, and give them spiritual food through His word.
Also, who would hide a light in darkness? No one in their right mind—you would want all to see. We must light that path to God, heaven, and the spirit-filled life as bright as we can to fulfill our ministry as a Christian.
And finally everything we do should reflect Christ and our love for Him. Christ was all about His father and doing His father’s will so God would get the glory; we should be doing the same. So as we go through our Christian life beginning, middle, or end, it must be about shinning our light for HIM!