His Vision, Our Prayer: “Light of the World”

Tuesday, October 9

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matt 5:14 NIV)

 Lord Jesus let Your light shine through us to drive back the darkness in the world around us.

Often people think of the United States of America as the “city on a hill” that Jesus spoke of in his historic Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount for Jesus was like the Gettysburg address for Abraham Lincoln. In His vision of the Kingdom of God, Jesus laid out for His followers their calling and mandate.

As He gazed over the faces of hundreds of common ordinary people who sat at his feet taking in every word from His lips, Jesus declared: “You are the light of the world.” As Bonheoffer noted in his classic “The Cost of Discipleship.” Jesus did not say “You WILL BE the light of the world.” He declared to one and all “You ARE the light of the world.”

If our nation wanders deeper into the darkness it is not the darkness fault. Darkness cannot drive out the light. no light drives out the darkness. Increasing darkness only reveals the absence of light. We must do as our LORD commanded:

“Let your light so shine before me, that they will see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Oh may this be said of us.

Lord Jesus shine in our hearts that we may reflect your glory to the world around us–especially in the dark places.


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