On Being a Light.
Many of you are graduating high school or finishing up college. Some of you are parents, like me. And many of you are fostering budding careers.
All of these things challenge us to “be in the world and not of it”. Every day we get up and go to work or listen to professors or raise children in a secular culture. Everyday we carry the name of Yahweh with us. Everyday we represent the light of God to a secular world. We are the light of the world. Everyday.
“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…” Matt 5:14
I’ve been thinking about what it means to be a light. What it means to be a witness. Specifically, how to be one without blending into the world around us. Because we are all living in this secular world, working secular jobs, and being educated in secular universities and sometimes it sucks to always feel like the odd man out. Sometimes it’s easy to wish to be like everyone else and just blend.
But what’s interesting to me about the verse above is that it states that a light cannot be hidden.
Because truth is truth. Light is light. In the middle of darkness, if a light is lit, it is seen. Eyes will be drawn toward it. You literally cannot hide it. It isn’t necessary to work to shine your light directly into someone’s eyes. It will be seen regardless of what you do; unless you cover it.
The beautiful thing about a city on a hill is that it doesn’t move or waver. It is where it is. It stands in truth and invites others to as well. You can accept it and go towards it or you can turn away from it.
We read about Yahshua/Jesus eating with sinners and tax collectors. It says that they came to him. He was the light in a dark place. He simply was and sinners were drawn to him. He spoke the truth and people came to him.
“And it came to pass, that, as Jesus sat at meat in his house, many publicans and sinners sat also together with Jesus and his disciples: for there were many, and they followed him.” Mark 2:15
So what I’ve been thinking is maybe they really will know us by our love, not by how many people we witness to, preach at, or save. Maybe simply living our life in obedience and in Yahshua’s love and grace is the light that draws people towards us.
Maybe being a light doesn’t mean participating in darkness to witness to others. Maybe being a light is living in the love and truth of God.
It makes people uncomfortable. Love makes people uncomfortable. But standing and living in truth makes people even more uncomfortable.
But we are Hebrews, children of Yahweh, the God of Israel. We should be comfortable with standing up for truth. We should be striving to live in love.
Be encouraged, family. It’s easy to get worn down by everyday life in a secular world. But do not waver, do not be discouraged. The truth will set you free.