“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15)
We live in a dark and decadent world. Our world is a desperate world; and just because they make it hard on us, we can’t stop preaching, because there’s somebody lost out in that field, and we’ve got to sweep through the world no matter what the price.
What is God’s plan to deal with this darkened, decaying world? His plan is us; it’s us. There isn’t anybody else. It isn’t going to be given to anyone else. It doesn’t belong to famous evangelists. They’ll never touch the people you touch. It doesn’t belong to great preachers. It doesn’t belong to people on the radio and television, and people who write books. It belongs to all of us. This is God’s divine plan. The pronouns in verses 13 and 14 are emphatic: “Ye only are the salt. Ye only are the light. If you don’t do it, there’s nobody to do it.”
It’s wonderful to think of the fact that God could turn around a whole nation, He could turn around a whole world by using us. God uses simple things, you know that. God uses simple, mundane, everyday, routine, common things for the most amazing purposes. You know, when He made man in the garden, He didn’t use gold, He didn’t use silver, He didn’t even use iron; He used dirt. That ought to give you right from the start kind of an idea of how He works.
Adapted from a message by John MacArthur – “You Are The Light Of The World”