“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden” Matthew 5:14
In this passage, Jesus places a major responsibility on His disciples. After He, the original light of the world (John 8:12), leaves the Earth, the disciples are to carry on the work that He started and be a guiding light to a dark world.
At night, the lights of many major cities around the world can be seen from outer space. It’s not because the individual lights are exceptionally powerful, but because the collective power of the individual lights shining together in the same location creates a visual splendor that overpowers the darkness. Like the city lights, the disciples’ mission cannot be accomplished by the individual efforts of a few, but the collective power of everyone pulling in the same direction by the power of the Holy Spirit. When the individual members of Christ’s church complement and rely on one another as they labor for the Kingdom of God, it produces radiant glory to God that darkness cannot shut out.
Each of us is capable of doing many things on our own, but sometimes we can forget that we are better together. When I need help in my personal life, work life, or ministry, I need to resist the temptation to isolate myself and reach out to my brothers in Christ to help me become all that God created me to be. This is God’s design for His church, and it is vital that our focus be on the collective body of God’s people if we are going to be a light to the whole world.
Lord God, You’ve set up your church as a community working together to provide a guiding light to the world that cannot be ignored. Give us the courage and faith to embrace that mission. Also give us the humility to realize that we need You and we need each other to shine brightly in every circle of influence we touch. May You receive all the glory and honor as we strive together to do the work you started through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Mike Frewin, Connection Group Leader/Worship Team Member