“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father (Matthew 5:14-16).
We hear a lot of messages these days about the gloom and doom of the “last days”. Every day the media gives us a snapshot of violence and chaos from around the world. The majority of conversations I pick up on, or am included in, revolve around a dark agenda to swallow up innocent lives to the point where the conversations alone are doing more damage to the soul than the actual events themselves!
There is an agenda to spark and perpetuate fear in our lives; this is nothing new. I write to you to encourage you not to let fear dominate your walk of faith or your witness to others around you. Do not let negative thoughts, conversations, or news events guide your movements. Specifically, do not get frightened and hide your light under a basket! Let the Word of God illuminate you!
You are the light of the world! Take the opportunity provided you to pray for and with people who are being affected by the world’s gloomy condition!
In a clip about the bombings in Austin, I saw people kneeling in prayer for others on the scene who were confused and terrified. In a presentation last week I saw a picture of a man praying with children while guerilla fighters loomed overhead with assault rifles. The darker the moment became the lighter the presence of Christ manifested. I heard testimony this week how the faith of one man changed the lives of the majority of households living on his city block; God’s name was being praised!
You are the light of the world. Let your light shine for your family, for your friends, and for your neighbors. The world is trying hard to infect them with fear and ultimate defeat but Christ is working through you to show them the light of hope and glory that will bring a chorus of shouts to your heavenly Father!
Christ’s peace be with you,