A City on a Hill by Rachel Burgess

Scripture:

Matthew 5:13-16
“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.16In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

Observation:

The purpose of light is to help us see color. Consider how even the best modern security cameras can only project a black and white image. In the darkness, our eyes cannot distinguish colors. Therefore, if we truly are light-bearers as God has made us, we can cast light upon those who are looking in the darkness and introduce them to a world that is exploding with color for the very first time. Consider some other things that light does. It increases productivity, allowing us to be active late into the night or in the early hours of the morning. Light increases safety and reveals things that hide in darkness. How would Durango see what the world can do if we never shine? The River Church is indeed reflecting the Light we receive from heaven, that others may see His glory in living color.

Application:

God has made you a light-bearer to the world. In what ways are you reflecting God’s light to those around you? What is one specific way you can do this more today? Reflect on how this scripture reads in The Message:
“Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage. 14″Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.15 If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. 16 Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

Prayer:

Lord, thank You for making me a light bearer for Your glory. Show me, Lord, how to shine more brightly, so others may taste and see a piece of who You are. Increase the light You are giving to the River Church, and increase our reflection of You. I long to see all of Durango living in color. I long to see Your glory on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.