The aim of this devotional study is to grow in the knowledge and appreciation of the church.
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 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.
Observations and reflections
- What is the metaphors Jesus use here to describe the character and nature of church with?
- What are the main associations with “light of the world” and “city on a hill”? What do Jesus wish to convey about the nature and character of the church with these two images? [think about is a bit]
- Which one word would be substitutions or synonyms for each of these two images regarding church?
- What are the required response of the church implied in each of these images?
Personal reflections and prayers
Consider each of the following questions, and then talk to the Lord about each of these points:
- Would you say your local church is “a light of the world” that brings influence, life and hope to your local community?
- In which way could you better your influence, hope and life?
- Would you say your local church is “a city on a hill” that brings hope and refuge?
- In which way could you better your hope and safety?
- Is your personal life characterized by HOPE and CARE for those around you?