"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden." Matthew 5:14
John 1 tells us that Jesus is the light who came into the world. He is described as the true light who gives light to everyone. John tells us, 'That light shines in the darkness, yet the darkness did not overcome it.' John 1:5.
Matthew 5 records Jesus himself teaching about light. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus calls his people the light of the world. Jesus, the true light, shines in and through us! Jesus then compares our light to a city set on a hill.
The essential characteristic of a city is that it's a community of humans. Jesus is teaching that his people are a Christ-centered community, a city on a hill. A city on a hill can be seen by all those around. It's easy to observe. He is teaching us that our life together, in community, is a light to the world! We are meant to shine together. Jesus tells us that the ultimate goal of shining together is that we give glory to our Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16.
We shine together when we eat together. It takes sacrifice to invite others into our home and share a meal. It can be daunting to accept that invitation. However, when we do we show the world that we are bound together by something richer than our own comfort, security, or entitlement.
Father, thank you for sending the true light into the world. I pray that we would reflect the beauty of your light together in community.
By Aaron Negron