The Shine series is all about how we shine our lights and the source of that light.
C.S. Lewis is commonly attributed with saying, “Don’t shine so others can see you. Shine so that through you, others can see Him.” Whether or not he actually ever said this is debatable, but the sentiment is sound. It means that we shine our lights so that we can direct attention to God rather than drawing attention to ourselves.
esus speaks both of being a light and of being a city on a hill together. That’s because in His day, a city on a hill was a source of light to travelers. A modern equivalent might be a lighthouse or the lights on an airport runway. You were traveling over days and nights to reach your destination, and then you would see a light peeking over the horizon. Then you knew you reached not only a place where you could find food and rest, but you reached a place of safety and security. You were home.
If you are following a light for direction, it only does you good if it’s guiding you true. If you look up in the sky and search for Polaris, the North Star, it guides you north — but only if you identify it correctly. If you simply look for the brightest star, you’re going to spot Sirius, which is not usually in the northern sky. If you follow that, you’ll lose your way, and you’ll have to rely on your phone to save you. To reliably find Polaris, look for the constellation to which it belongs. Then you’re going the right way.