“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)
Can people tell you’re a Christian? This is a question that I often forget to ask myself, but I can’t run away from it; it needs to constantly be in my mind. CAN people tell?
Earlier this year, when I had an eye appointment, the assistant took me in to get my basic eye-checkup stuff done before seeing the optometrist. We made small talk for a few minutes, and then out of the blue, she said, “You’re a Christian, aren’t you?” My heart leaped. “Yes!” She said, “I could tell by your demeanor.” Well, you can imagine, when someone tells you that, you feel like jumping up and down, screaming, laughing, crying, and everything else. She later told my mom that my face radiated Christ. She was a Christian too.
So, can NON-Christians tell I’m a Christian, or at least that something’s different about me? Sometimes, I don’t feel like setting my light on a stand; I feel like putting it under a basket so I can “fit in”. But that’s not what God has called us to do. We have SUCH a privilege to be called His children, and we need to show others that they can share in that same, awesome privilege. That means, be like a city on a hill, be a LIGHT, live worthy of the walk (Eph.4:1) and set your mind on things above (Col. 3:2-4). Someone just might be watching.