Matthew 5:14-16 NLT
You are the light of the world-like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.
There are many that thrive on showing everyone all their good deeds. They even have buildings named after them so their fame can go on forever. But these deeds although good in that they are usually helping others do nothing to save a person. They do not pave the way to heaven.
The only pathway to Heaven is through Jesus. (John 14:6) And it is not about knowing who He is, many know that. It is about believing in Him. That is the door to the pathway. Once you go through that door there is no backing out.
The light of the world now lives in your, the Holy Spirit, the spirit of Christ. As we walk through the marketplace of life we are to let His light shine through us so that many may see it; so that many can find it.
Yet there are many who walked through that door who hide in their own little worlds. They mingle with other Christians at church and social events. They pray in private only. They worship by themselves. They hide from the mission we are all called to and that is to Go into all the world. (Mark 16:15) They have hidden their lamps under a basket.
"Father God, may we each put our light on a lamp stand. May we take it with us into the marketplace and as it shines tell others about the wonderful saving grace of Jesus. May we have boldness to reach the lost, the poor and the rich, for the sake of the Gospel. In Jesus name, we pray."