Because we have chosen to fashion our lives after Christ and the Word of God, Matthew 5:14 (TLB) tells us that we “are the world’s light — a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see”. Being Christ-like means that our lives – whether or not we realize it – are always on display for the world to see.
In Matthew 5, Jesus explains how following Him and living as He did requires a different level for our thoughts and our behaviors. Jesus gives examples of what we’re used to versus what we are to do as Believers. For example, we all know murder is wrong; but in verse 22, Christ talks about how we shouldn’t even harbor negative feelings for one another. We’re also used to being nice to those who are nice to us and (at least) avoiding those we can’t get along with. However, in verse 44, we’re challenged to “unselfishly seek the best or higher good for your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (AMP). For real, Jesus? Ugh.
Joining the Body of Christ will yield eternal reward and a beyond beautiful relationship with our Father and our Savior. Nevertheless, we can’t forget that we’re called to represent the Kingdom. Accepting Christ is accepting a new walk – a lifestyle different from the world. As His sheep, we’re to “be perfect [growing into spiritual maturity both in mind and character, actively integrating godly values into your daily life], as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Matt 5:48 AMP).
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Matthew 5:14 (AMP) “You are the light of [Christ to] the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden …
Matthew 5:14 (TLB) You are the world’s light — a city on a hill, glowing in the night for all to see.