We use social media to connect. We connect with friends and dear ones and we get updated on the progression of their lives. We click like when we see our friends and acquaintances get new jobs, start new lives, move to a new city or try a new cake. The point of social media was to stay in touch with our world.
Yet when our Facebook page gets flooded with reports of children torn apart, fathers murdered and guilty men defended, we realize we can barely recognize our world. Beyond the newspaper reports, flash news and moral dialogue on social media platforms, we sense a world drenched in so much darkness that brutish men become beasts without ever knowing what it is they have become.
Just like you, I recoiled when this dark world brushed against my awareness. I lamented and despaired. I prayed for my nation and its social consciousness and I felt powerless as the darkness that seemed to press down, trying to invade our daily lives. As I desperately clung to my prayer, I was reminded of a song I’d heard by Steffany Gretzinger. She sings
Light of the world
It’s the name we were given
Can’t get away from the vision
We are cities on a hill.
These lyrics brought me back to the truth and ripped apart the fear that was clawing at me. Mathew 5:14-16 says “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.”
Dearly, beloved, we have a glorious calling and purpose. We who carry Christ have a light that shines from within that the world can’t put out because we don’t illuminate by our own strength but by the grace of our Lord. The light is in you. But is it on a candlestick illuminating within your family? Your community? Your place of work? Or is your light hindered by bushels? Has your schedule, insecurity, feelings of unworthiness or inadequacies dimmed the light in you?
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” The good works mentioned here is not merely handing out tracts or tithing or charity or other “works” that Christians are associated with. The good works originate from what we have received from Christ. In the eyes of the Lord, good works are the fruit of what salvation in Christ has done to us.
Good works are a result of our renewed minds and not a religious activity. The good works are a result of the light that is in us and it is a witness that brings many others to glory. Let nothing hinder you or keep you from shining bright in a world that’s desperately looking for sons and daughters of God to reveal themselves.