“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
As the Church, what are we supposed to be doing in such a time as this? As followers of Christ and believers of His Word, how are we to behave, believe, and bear witness in such a time as this?
Often my tendency is to believe the narrative that the conspirators, the cults, the extremists, the hatemongers, and the unbelievers have the loudest, most prevalent voices. My heart’s cry is not for unity among us but revelation within us.
Matthew 5:41-45 says, “And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”
We have been out of our pews and in the world long enough. It’s time to put on the armor of God, go the extra mile, and be recognized as Jesus’ disciples by our love for one another.
When I grow weary, which is often, I remind myself:
- There were 400 years between the Old and the New Testament.
- God never works things out the way we expect.
- People I know are studying the Bible more intently than ever before.
- It’s usually darkest before dawn.
- God’s sovereignty can always be trusted.
“This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Oh, this little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. Let shine, all the time, let it shine.”
*Lomax, John, “This Little Light of Mine,” 1939.
Live well friends,