City On A Hill

Tuesday, July 28, 2020
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Listen while you read: "Jesus Bids Us Shine"1 (Lyrics)

I recently saw a video online called The Atheist Delusion, featuring interviews by Ray Comfort. Most of those interviewed were young people who claimed to be atheists; in their teen years, they failed to see believable evidence for the existence of God, and so, they concluded that belief in Him made no sense. There was a desire for compelling evidence to change their minds, and Ray continued by showing them incidences of intelligent design for the amazing life and creation which circles around us daily.

I feel so troubled by widespread atheism among young people. It made me think of Jesus' words:

Matthew 5:14-16 – You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (ESV)

Have you seen images of the world sent from the international space station, circling silently above us? The lights of the world's cities can be seen out in space. Perhaps you have been driving at night on a dark highway and you approach a brightly lit town set high on a hill; even from a distance you can't take your eyes off it. The strong beacon of a lighthouse in the night guides ships to a safe harbour and warns of treacherous reefs; no one would even think of covering the beacon or building one where no ship's crew could see it!

The light of our Lord Jesus is needed now more than ever, because our world is in darkness. The young people who see no evidence of God's existence need us to show and display a distinct faith, because we can't affect the world for God if we are too much like it to be noticed. Christians have received the light of salvation and God's guidance, but we can't just live for ourselves; we need to shine that light to others! Jesus does not produce secret Christians; He knew that we would be tempted to hide our light rather than attract the attention and enmity of those who hate God's truth.

We are to take up the amazing opportunities which the world's crisis provides, and live so that people will see the beautiful change that God's love makes in our lives. Those who are lost can find the road home. Let's pray today for someone who has no faith, to whom God will lead us to speak — someone who needs compelling evidence that He lives. Be the city on the hill! Sing with me:

    Jesus bids us shine with a pure, clear light,
    Like a little candle burning in the night.
    In this world is darkness, so let us shine —
    You in your small corner, and I in mine.
           – Susan Warner, 1819-1885.

Prayer: Thank You, Lord, for the light which shines in our hearts. May we not live to ourselves but be guided to shine to others. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Shirley.

    Thanks, Shirley. We need this encouragement!

    Thanks Shirley, very interesting video. God bless!

    Thanks for a very good reminder, Shirley. We all need to be challenged.

    Lovely message Shirley. Great reminder and start to a new day.

    Thank you for shining your light into our lives today with this devotional, Shirley. It reminds me of a similar story. Thanks to you.

    Jesus Bids Us Shine was a favorite childhood song, but its message is ageless. Thanks for writing this uplifting devotional with us. Blessings.

    Dear Shirley,
    Thank you for the encouragement of shining our light for Jesus out to the world. May God answer our prayers to reach someone who doesn’t yet believe.

    Right on, Shirley! We are about to go on holiday with our children and grandchildren. It has been months since we “connected” and there will be limited interaction because of COVID, but I am encouraged by your devotional to trust God to let my light shine.
    Thanks for your message. Blessings on you, as you shine wherever you are,

    Hello Shirley,
    Great words of advice you have written! The Lord truly wants His light to shine through us as we reach out to others. I love the hymn “Jesus bids us shine”, right from my early Sunday school days and still love singing it with joy today. Many thanks for your writing.

    Shirley, I really loved the images you shared – like the lights seen by the ISS, a town or city in the distance at night, a lighthouse… To me, they are perfect in reminding us to let our light shine wherever we are! I thought your example below was such a wake-up call to us all.
    The young people who see no evidence of God’s existence need us to show and display a distinct faith, because we can’t affect the world for God if we are too much like it to be noticed.
    Thanks for sharing these thoughts. May we each shine for Him!!

    Hello Shirley. I have seen and read many of your devotionals. City on a hill spoke to me but what really got to me was the video The Atheist Delusion.
    I am a Godly Christian Man, go to my Presbyterian Church, and participate in many facets of my Church Community. Oh, I’m still a work in progress, I suppose we all are.
    Access to this movie is vital and I can’t wait to share this with fellow Christians and more importantly my daughters and grandchildren.
    We all don’t have the gift of the presenter, but this video will open hearts and doors. I was surprised no one mentioned having watched the video.
    Thank you.

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