Scripture

“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.”

Matthew 5:14-16

Thought

While preaching this, Jesus was on a mountain, surrounded by the overwhelming light of the shining sky and sitting unconcealable on top of the mountain. Becoming His disciples will inevitably set us there with Him.

Believing in Jesus Christ is the only cure to our hearts. yet following Him publicly can cost much. These verses answer the question that some of us may have: Can I keep my faith within my heart, so that nobody will know about it?

If you would desire timidly to withdraw into concealment, then that would be conduct as opposed to the very nature and impact of faith. As long as you believe, it will always remain recognizable and unmistakable. You cannot avoid being light to others and you will be as obvious as a city on a hill.

Our God, who dwells in our hearts is not a master but a dear heavenly Father. Because we are just reflectors of His light, the others will see His image in us and glorify Him as our Father.

Are you ready to take the risk and blessings of joining Him on the mountain?

Prayer

O Lord, God of hosts, who exists before all ages and abides forever, who created the sun for daylight, and the night as rest for all men; we thank You, O King of ages, for You have let us pass through the night in peace and brought us to the daybreak. Therefore, we ask You, O our Master, the King of all ages, to let Your face shine upon us, and the light of Your divine knowledge enlighten us. Grant us, O our Master, to be sons of light and sons of day, to pass this day in righteousness, chastity and good conduct, that we may complete all the rest of the days of our life without offence; through the grace, the compassion and the love of mankind of Your Only-Begotten Son Jesus Christ, and the gift of Your Holy Spirit, now and at all times and forever. Amen.

Morning Absolution, Coptic book of prayers