Man is God’s Lamp by Robert Schaetzle
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.” Mathew 5:14-15 RSV
No one would purposely want to live life all crunched up inside a bushel basket if he or she is living life for Jesus. Yet our Lord’s great commission too often doesn’t appear very active within the heart of His church.
Proclaiming life for Jesus does not define itself as walking about every day with a sandwich board over our shoulders telling the world ‘Jesus is coming.’ Still, much of our faith walk does not illumine a life of radiance, reflecting God’s presence and authority within the believer’s life. In Christ there is no darkness! Why then does the power of darkness of the unbelieving world around us, appear to control the hearts for people of faith? Darkness must not dominate!
Our Lord’s Spirit abides in every believer, but I feel at times, our Lord looks out over His church much as when He rode into Jerusalem. “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Mathew 23:37
Father, help us to let your light shine before those seeking your radiance, not as with a bushel over our head. With boldness of Spirit enable us to live life sharing your ‘Good News’ as the lamp of hope to a lost world.
Robert lives in Sunnyvale, CA serving in a ‘Sharing and Caring Ministry