Tuesday, 8 April 2008

'You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.' Matthew 5v14

A city on a hill... imagine.

Not just a single hut on a hill, a modest village on a hill or a fairly prosperous town on a hill, but a city.
Think of how many people live in a city...
Millions usually - that's how many people follow Jesus, have followed Jesus and will follow Jesus.

In our lives, it may seem like no one is noticing Christians and our differences with the rest of the world, but that's not true - we are growing in number, those abroad amidst persecution and even here in this country. From this verse, we know that as well as being greater in number than we actually realise, if we are following Jesus we will be seen as different than the rest of the world in our attitudes and actions by others.

'We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.' 2 Corinthians 5v20

As Jesus is no longer in the form of a man on this earth, it's up to us who believe to tell others, through the help of the Holy Spirit and God's word, and to live our lives as examples of God's grace and love. We are the clarity in the brutal darkness, as children of the light of the world.

This may seem to you like a huge responsibility - I sometimes feel overwhelmed that this is our task.. but think about it, God has chosen us to spread the Good News, we who don't deserve to even be remembered for our total rejection of Him. That's definitely something that makes me feel better.

And because of Jesus's sacrifice, on that hill of Calvary, we can stand, bold and not afraid, and show the world there is more to life than what we can see around us.

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