Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
We are instructed to let our light shine before men for a very specific purpose. Not so that people are impressed with how spiritual we are and so that they tell everyone that we have the answer but rather so that they can see our good works and then glorify the Father.
So the good works we do are not about building name recognition for me or for the church. Good works is not about increasing the church’s membership. Performing good works is for the express purpose of causing glory to be given to the Heavenly Father. Then the Father can do as He wishes and as He sees fit to do with the glory that was given to Him and with the person who glorified Him.
Jesus Christ, the living Word of God in flesh, is that light. John 1:9, “That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.” When I perform a good work people are to see the light of Jesus Christ in my life which always shines back on the Father and His beauty, His holiness, His love and causes people to glorify Him. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, as it says in John 3:16.
The test then and the measuring stick of my actions and deeds is whether or not they cause me and those involved with me in a particular circumstance to glorify the Father which is in heaven. All things are designed to take me back to the beginning for a new experience and deeper recognition of the Heavenly Father who is the source and cause of all things.
Colossians 1:17, And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.