Matthew 5:16. “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
We have learned that we are to be lights in the world. We are to reflect the incredible glory of the Light of the World so that all will be drawn to Him, and to bring glory to His Name.
This verse tells us that, just as you do not hide a candle under a bushel, but put it up on a candlestick to give light to many, so are we to allow our lights to shine so that others may see. . . .
Our good works. The Weymouth New Testament says this: Just so let your light shine before all men, in order that they may see your holy lives and may give glory to your Father who is in Heaven.
We are not drawing attention to ourselves by being lights in the world. Rather, by our holiness of living in Christ, we are to draw attention to Him. Goodness of character is notable. It always has been. Those whom God favors because of their purity and holiness just seem to stand out from the crowd. Sometimes they are mocked and ridiculed for being so straight (and I use that word the way it was used when I was a teen, not in the sense of sexual orientation.) A little earlier generation than mine may have said, “Square, dude.”
It is very sad to me that often, when a person is walking close to God, the ridicule comes from other believers. Their godliness is an offence to us. Why is that, do you think? Is it because their holiness works conviction in our hearts? Are we just doing a shift of blame, so we feel better about our own sin?
Our good works will reflect on and glorify the Father. It is not I, but Christ.
One of the highest compliments a person may receive is that he is known to stand for righteousness. May it be so for us, and may we not be guilty of accusing a righteous man of being self-righteous because he makes us squirm with shame over our own sin.
The whole point is to bring people to Christ.