Town on a hill

Daily Readings

Genesis 11-12, Psalm 6, Matthew 5

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

–Matthew 5:14-16

This is our second post focusing on the Sermon on the Mount.

Would your friends, colleagues, and family say that you are a town set on a hill? A light that refuses to be placed in a basket? Challenging question.

In our world today it is so easy to fall into the habit of compartmentalizing our time. We have our Jesus time and then everything else. This doesn’t mean we don’t prioritize Jesus. We very well might actively volunteer in our church, engage in outreach activities, spend daily time in the word to further our own knowledge, devote time to prayer, etc. In these moments others might say, “There is a lamp that refuses to be placed under a bowl! There is an example of a Christian living out what it means to be a town on a hill!”

What about the rest of our time? Once we set the Bible down, leave church, pay for the lunch we just had with the new Christian we are mentoring, say our good byes at the organization we volunteer at, or utter our final amen; what happens then?

When you show back up at the office, hospital, school, or job site; would people still say, “There is a town set on a hill!” When you are teaching the next class, dealing with the next patient, making the next sales call, running the next meeting, or playing a game, making dinner, or doing chores with your children; do people see the love of Christ? Do they think to themselves, “Whatever they have, I want it! That person has a light shining and I want to know the source!”

It is so easy to have our Jesus time and then everything else. It is so easy to feel filled with the Holy Spirit when engaging in activities where “the Holy Spirit belongs”. It is incredibly natural to go into “job mode” when doing everything else.

Jesus challenges us to be a town set on a hill. He wants radical heart change to show up all day long and not just on the margins. The enemy wants us compartmentalized. He wants us so busy that we forget we are living for Christ.

The secret is, the rest of life is also more fun when living it for Christ! When we embrace Christ and allow him into every aspect of our lives and not just our designated Jesus time, peace and joy follow. It is not some terrible chore or arduous task living in step with Christ. Life is easier and more rewarding as a town set on the hill!

So today make the decision to let Jesus into 100% of your day. Be the city on the hill throughout. Refuse to put your lamp under a bowl when “normal life” commences. I think you will be excited by the results!

Thought to ponder

When in my life do I allow my light to be placed under a basket? How can I invite Christ into every facet of my life and not just my “Jesus time”?

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