You are the light that shines for the world to see. You are like a city built on a hill that cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14
Don’t be shy: shine!
In the second chapter of Isaiah, the Spirit prophesies about a coming day when Jerusalem will be acknowledge by the world. We are living in the days of this prophetic word. The Lord chose Israel because He chooses the vile and small things of the world to confound the strong and the wise. But our Lord had a plan with the gentiles from the beginning of time.
A city on a hill, is a phrase the Spirit uses to describe the future of Israel: it refers to its spiritual position to the natural eye. Nobody hides a lamp under a bed, but instead raises it to light up a space (or a path). In the same way Jerusalem will be a light to the world, and people from every nation and tongue will come to the light. We too are the light of this world. The people around us see the good we do, and in turn glorify God because if it.
As believers we tend to be modest, or downright ashamed of ourselves; but Christianity is about identity. We are the light of Christ to the darkness of this world. And we cannot be hidden! We may want to hide either because of our humanity: weaknesses, mistakes, history, or even our current shortcomings and imperfections: but God wants us to shine.
God is not a secret to be kept, therefore we cannot hide the HE in us. The Lord is an awesome God; He wants to bring hope to a nation in despair, faith to broken dreams, and freedom to the bound. The Lord is a lover, He’s generous, and He’s not limited to appearance or behavior. Not only will we walk in miracles and power, but in a love this world hasn’t seen. Only God knows what He can make possible through us, when we keep our eyes on Him!
The message bible version says, by opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God (Mat. 5:16). Interact with others, build relationships… put yourself out there. Show others that with God all things are possible, use your words to builds others and bring hope, be considerate and generous, be deep in a world that is superficial! It’s possible that people will see you shining and ask you to dim your light. It’s possible that you may be misunderstood. It’s possible that some may envy or despise you. But Jesus said, shine my child, don’t hide yourself and what I’ve placed inside of you.
Father God, we give you glory, praise and honor. Thank you for being the benevolent God of peace and of fire. I present us to you Lord. May we be like a city on a hill, may we be those light beaters which lead people towards you. I ask you to hide us from pride, and arrogance. I pray we would always give you the glory. In Jesus name, Amen.