Jesus commands His followers to be good examples in the world. Sometimes people in the world will make fun of us for what we believe. Because of this, some people are shy about letting others know that they are Christians. They may not stand up for what is right or not live as they should.
Jesus said that we are like lamps. Before the days of electricity, when one wanted to see at night, he would light a candle or oil lamp. In order to get the best use of the lamp he would put it on a tall lampstand so the light would spread throughout the house.
If he hid the lamp, the room would remain dark. If he hid it under a basket a little light might get out but not enough to make a difference.
Those who love God should be proud to let others know that they are trying to do what is right, but not by acting arrogant. We must make sure our speech is clean, that we tell the truth, and that we dress properly. We should tell others about Jesus and invite them to church. We must try to do what Jesus would do when we make our decisions. Let your light shine brightly!