Matthew 5:14-16 – “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your goodworks, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. “
Who doesn’t love a good campfire? Roasting hot dogs and marshmallows while chatting and sharing life? I love it. But sometimes it takes a bit to get the fire going. It starts out as a tiny little spark that grows into a tiny little flame. And then after the flame gets going, you have a roaring fire that provides light and warmth to all those around it. The little flame that started the fire will certainly brighten a small area but really provides no warmth. It takes a large flame to get those tasks accomplished.
Jesus told us here in Matthew that we are to be a light. When I read these verses, I think about a fire. Since we don’t use candles to light our world any more, it can sometimes be a challenge to grasp this concept, but a fire, oh, we all get that one. Let’s say that you are out camping. It is getting dark and you need something to cook dinner on and you need something to give the campsite some light. Are you going to take a small piece of wood and light it and set it up for the campfire? No, that’s ridiculous! You are going to prepare the site, gather the dry wood and make sure that you have enough to get through the night. Why would your spiritual light be any different?
If you are going to be that city on a hill, that light of the dark world, you are going to need to do some prep work. You don’t want to be a tiny little flame. You want to be a big blue blaze that people can see for miles. You want to be the kind of fire that warms the heart of any one and every one. But that takes work and it takes work to keep it going. You can’t just light a fire and expect it to keep burning. You have to feed the fire and tend to it. You have to make sure that the flame doesn’t get smaller and the brightness doesn’t fade.
And guess how you do that? Reading your Bible and praying. Developing that ever present and all important relationship with your Savior. Surprise! Bet you don’t see that one coming! Remember, if God thinks it is important He is going to tell us over and over again to get it through our thick skulls!
So, let me encourage you today to tend to that fire that started when you accepted Jesus as your Savior. It will only burn well if you tend to it.