March 28, 2019
Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden.”
The scripture verse today tells us that we are the light of the world. We are Jesus in this world. Being a disciple is not something we do just on Sunday’s and other church functions. My opinion is quite opposite, I attend church services and functions for a variety of reasons, instructions being high on the list. I also attend for the opportunity to connect with other believers and renew my strength in Christ and strengthen the bonds of brotherly/sisterly love. It provides a space to have conversations face-to-face that often gets missed in our technological world of texting, iMessaging, emailing to list a few. It’s a chance to shake hands and exchange hugs, make eye contact with another person. These are all great things to help us interact in the world around us in our daily lives. At church it’s typically rather easy to know that you’re a believer in Christ, plus most of us wear those name tags so we are even more easily identifiable. But what about when we are in the grocery store and the lines are long and there’s a stressed out mom with not one crying child but two and she’s just wanting to get milk and diapers and go home. Or you’re in traffic and you’re on a schedule but there’s a traffic accident and no one is moving, cars are surrounding you, horns are being honked, tempers are flaring and people are shouting and pointing at their wrist watches and fit-bits, as if they are the only ones that matter. It is in these moments that we are called to be a “light” to the world. We are to shine so bright that people stop and pause as if time itself had been suspended just for their benefit. A moment of clarity, a brief snippet of time to take a breath and realize things are going to be fine. A deep breath to recalibrate our senses, to stay in the present state of reality and stop our imaginations from going all haywire. One kind word in a moment of utter chaos can make all the difference. It may not fix the situation but it will force a break in the rhythm and current course and hopefully change the outcome to something more positive and at the very least a different direction.
What is the point in attending church, reading the Bible and studying the Bible If when we are in the world we look, act and sound like everyone else. How do people know that you are different, how would someone know if you have a personal relationship with God, with Jesus?
Do they know by your words?
Do they know by your actions?
Do your words and actions tell the same story?
As disciples our countenance should speak loud and clear to the people we meet.
Are you a city on a hill?
Do you shine for Jesus?
As we continue our journey through Lent, reconnect as needed with God and seek his will, his strength and his light! God bless you friends!
Breath Prayer: Lord of light,…help me shine for you.