Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The City on a Hill

"you are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but put it on a lamp stand, and gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in Heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

We, are meant to be a city on a hill. A light for the world to see.

Whenever I read this verse in Matthew I think of driving in darkness and then spotting the bright lights of a city in the distance. It's bright and comforting.

WE are supposed to be like that. The bright comforting light of Jesus, waiting for the wayward travelers on their struggled journey. To welcome them with the beautiful light and love of Jesus.

We live in a world of torment and hate. A world where judgement is prominent and the lights seem to dim. Sometimes it feels like I hold this little light in my hand and heart and it glows faintly in the deep darkness. I can almost feel people glowering at me, willing my light out, because they prefer the darkness. The blinding light, even if small, is too much...and they hate it.

Sometimes when you feel that you stand alone you look for that basket to hide the light. Thinking you will cover it, just for a little while until you feel the stares of hatred and judgement have passed, and then you can pull it out again and let it light your way.

..If you cover a candle for long enough it will burn out.

We are a city friends, and when we burn brightly together the power of Jesus is there, burning through us.

Don't feel like you need a basket. Keep pushing on. Find others whose lights burn in this deep, dark world.
Build a city. Don't cower to the world and smother your light.

Burn with the beautiful, sacred love of Jesus.

Secured Tightly in His Grip,