Line upon Line: Matthew 5:14–16
September 2008

“Line upon Line: Matthew 5:14–16,” New Era, Sept. 2008, 43

Line upon Line

Matthew 5:14–16

In the Sermon on the Mount, the Savior taught us the importance of letting the gospel light shine in our lives.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

City on a hill

Ancient cities were often placed on hills to offer greater defense and safety. People could see them from far away and knew where to flee if danger came. How is being a disciple of Christ like being a city on a hill?


This word originally comes from an ancient Greek unit of measurement for dry goods (about 8.7 liters) and also refers to the container used for measuring this unit. Imagine covering a candle with a large container like a bucket.

Good works

Read the words of the hymn “Have I Done Any Good?” (Hymns, no. 223). Write down a few things you can do to help or uplift someone, and plan times to do them. Put your list somewhere you will easily see it.