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 (NIV)
We walk in a strange world. We walk among billions of sleepwalkers all around us, who do not know they’re sleepwalking. I know, because I was one of them.
And if you were to ask them who was the one living in an illusion, they would gladly tell you that it’s clearly you who was being fooled. After all, this world has plenty of proof (on its own terms) that nothing is real except what man’s scientific framework says is real.
Remember the 1998 movie “The Matrix”? If you were any of the people in that world, who had no idea their lives were a ruse, and told them you knew the truth of their world…they would think you’re insane, or gullible at best.
And, like in the Matrix, you can’t and won’t believe it till your eyes are opened. And once they are, you want to wake others up as well.
The verses above come from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, where he tells us we are the salt and light of the earth. When we carry His light to the corners of the earth, as Jesus has commissioned us to do, that light can awaken our sleepwalking brethren.
Don’t be frustrated if those around you haven’t already awoken. God wakes us when the time is right. As part of a much larger plan I may not understand till I’ve passed through this world, He waited till I was 40 to open my eyes.
And now, I encourage you to look around you at all these sleepwalkers. To renew your commitment to Jesus and pick up His light again, especially if you’ve let it be dampened and hidden by taking your eyes off Him.
Remember, we are a town built upon a hill. Let’s be walking beacons to the lost and sleeping, and lighthouses to those in perilous waters. What an honor it is to be His torchbearers!