In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Jesus used the simplest, clearest illustrations to make his point. Just prior to this portion of Matthew 5, Jesus says, look friends, if you have a lantern you wouldn’t light it and hide it under a bushel. No, you would light it and sit it high upon a stand so its light might be a blessing and guide to many.
In this way you and I are God’s lanterns, we hold God’s gracious light. It is our task to allow God’s light to shine out from us, and to do exactly what a lantern on a stand might do, offer the blessing of light to those who come near. In this way, through our very being, through our gracious acts, through our prayers, through our service, we are to let our lives shine and give the glory to God. This is one way to be in the way. May we be found in the way, this day.