Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16
The world can be broken up into two groups of people:
BELIEVERS: People who are indwelt by God because of Jesus. who realize their spiritual helplessness, show sorrow over sin, and who are hungry for God’s righteousness, merciful and pure in heart because of Jesus,
UNBELIEVERS: People who are proud, self-sufficient, and do not understand their own unrighteousness before a Holy God.
Being a believer means having God’s nature within:
2 Peter 1:4 We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.
Believers must interact with this world of corruption and darkness in order to act bas salt and light:
Matthew 5:13-14 “Let me tell you why you are here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavours of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.”Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.
You have been called to SHINE!