How some Christians hide their light under a basket

Jesus Christ has commanded His followers to let their light shine before other people to give glory to God, but they sometimes fail to do this and some even hide their light under a basket.

(REUTERS / Ammar Awad)Iraqi Christians hold candles as they celebrate Christmas Eve at the Mar Shemoni church in the town of Bartella east of Mosul, December 24, 2016.

In an article published on Monday, Christian Today discussed three ways that Christians hide their light under the basket and fail to heed the command to let their light "so shine before men," as written in Matthew 5:14-16. The gift of salvation does not only save a person from sin but also empowers a believer to cause others to also turn to Christ's light.

First, Christians hide their light by looking like the rest of the world. Matthew 6:31-33 described the things that run through the minds of unbelievers, and these include physical needs such as food, drink, and clothing. The Scripture urges believers not to fret over these things and instead put God first above everything and live a righteous life, as God will provide all their needs.

Second, Christians fail to let their light shine by sounding like the world. Ephesians 5:4 admonishes Christians against "obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes." Instead of cursing and obscene words, a believer's mouth should become a fountain of thanksgiving to God.

Lastly, a Christian's light is dimmed when he or she does not share the Gospel. In Mark 16:15-16, Jesus commands his disciples to preach the good news to all people and to baptize them into salvation.

Last month, East Valley Tribune published an article delivering a similar message about letting one's light shine. The author emphasized Jesus as the light of the world and also talked of His command to His followers to also become the light to the same world.

For some, letting their light shine before men may entail being called by God to leave their comfortable lives and to minister to people wallowing in poverty and sickness. If Christians will only allow their light to shine through the darkness, they may be able to help restore the people who have fallen asleep spiritually.

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