Our Savior, Jesus, modeled well what it means to be light in the world. He counseled against our putting on a show for the sake of “religion.” All that we do should be motivated by a desire to earn God’s approval rather than human acclaim. We are even warned against hypocrisy in helping people who need help for the wrong reasons! In other words, don’t do any good thing just so you feel that you’ve changed or formed people’s impression of what, or who, you are!!! These kinds of actions can sneak up on us, and we may not even see what we’ve done until it’s too late. So, Pay Attention! Don’t be a hypocrite, using the responsibility of service for your own vanity. Be a true servant, doing all good things as a servant and worshipper of the Almighty God.
Being a light in this world means that people will notice our good acts and praise the Father. However, engaging in virtuous activities in order to receive glory from man is nothing more than an attempt to keep glory for ourselves. In these cases, our motives are incorrect and we will find ourselves moving away from our goal of godliness-or perfection in Him. All glory is to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit!
Our righteous living is for the audience of ONE! For the sake of His glory!
I have a favorite preacher, that every time he teaches, he opens up with a prayer and in that prayer is only one thing that he says every time, “Hide me behind Your cross.” In other words, let them hear you and not me. As we do good things – we need to keep ourselves aware and ask Him hide us behind the cross – so that people see Him and not us.
Father, help us to live as if you are the only one watching. Our desire is to have clean hands and a pure heart. Our hope is that people will see the love of Christ in our daily lives, which will cause them to bring glory to you!