Monday, August 28th, 2017
Name Tags: You Are... (Part 60)
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NKJV)
The seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Revelation 1:20 (NASB)
Saints like to think of themselves as the light: perhaps to a deceptive point of pride; perhaps pulling Matthew 5:14 out of context. Because the end of this Verse calls us a city. So if we're a bright city on a hill, then we're just windowed buildings holding Light: a Light most easily seen in darkness.
In reconsideration, I believe lampstand is a more accurate name tag. It begins with exquisite descriptions of the lampstand's construction to Moses and it carries through to Revelation.* Because without Jesus, we have no Light. Our role is to display Him to the world.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: If you are God's building filled with Christ, you are truly the light of the world. But its hills have grown into mountains: specifically the mountains of arts, entertainment and media.
God allowed their formation for you. Without you on them, lights will dazzle, but they're fake lights and fans get confused. With you on them, the true Light is seen. Lost fans will be drawn to God in you.
Therein, bearing the Light of the Lord is a privilege and a duty.
To Be Continued...
* Short, excellent article: What is the significance of the lampstand in the Bible?https://www.gotquestions.org/lampstand-Bible.html
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Name Tags: You Are... series.