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The Light of the World

January 14, 2013

“Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.” – Matt. 5:14

What is the difference between the believer that works diligently for the increase of God‘s Kingdom and the one who works only half-heartedly? At the end of the day, I believe, what separates the former from the latter is the strength of their conviction! This, I am convinced, is something we desperately need as we move forward into the new year: strength and conviction. We need the rock-solid certainty that we labor for an Almighty and all-Merciful God; that we can help to change things, people, and the world. We need to believe in our mission with all of our hearts, standing firm in our determination to plant seeds, to sow and to reap, to bear fruit…to touch hearts, and to help change lives. “But”, you might say, “only God can do the actual changing. We are only human”…and you’d be right. But we are told that “we are ambassadors for Christ,” (II Cor. 5:20), and that we stand here in His stead, to carry out His ministry. We are His representatives; we are meant to be His reflection here in this world. So, how can the world know of Him but that which we tell them, especially in an age when so many have forgotten? “How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14). And remember, that ‘preacher’ here means all those who minister for Christ…which is the entire body, one and all. While God determines the outcome of all things, we are His hands and feet: we are the workers of His Will in this world. For, “ye are the light of the world!”

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing…” (Matt. 5:13). As God’s children, much depends on us. We each have a part to play, and a cross to bear. When we lose strength, lose faith, and loose conviction, we are that ‘savourless salt’, and we become useless to others, to ourselves, and to our Lord. We are told that when “thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of My mouth” (Rev. 3:16). We have to believe in what we do! We have to have faith in God, and to take responsibility for our part in His plan, or we will be unable to accomplish our mission. If nothing depended on our effort, our determination, and our faith, then why would the Word of God so stress these things? Why would we have been given power and authority if not to exercise them? “Ye are the light of the world!” We need to embrace this fact, and to strive to be that city on the hill: to stand openly and strongly for our God. We need to be salt with savour: to be filled with fire, conviction, and faith in our Lord.

So, today, as we move forward, let us pray for strength and faith to carry us on. Let us pray for fire and conviction to give our ministries substance and truth. Because, though we might not be able to change the world, the fact is that there is no excuse not to try our best to do so anyways. For, we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us, and we are the light of that world we wish to save; so, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matt. 5:16)

“…as it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the Gospel of Peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!'” – Romans 10:15

Be blessed,

Joshua

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