“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden (Matt.5:14).”
What characterizes a child of God is that he has passed from death to life. It is what is termed as abundant life. Many confuse it for a life of abundance. How wrong are they? Trouble with man who cannot think beyond the obvious is not realizing what props it up. Remember the studio props only give semblance of the real: so in a darkened theater when the projector runs so many frames per second accompanied by sound and voice over it can draw you along. Till the end he is engrossed in a make-believe world. When the lights come back so dissolves the show. It is with human life. Come death all that he strove for has bitten dust.
Wealth can be very deceptive. The time in which man toils under the sun is so short that great many like Dr. Faustus for gaining knowledge have taken extreme steps. Man looks at material prosperity of the worldly. Little does he realize whether he sold his life to the devil or not. He amassed wealth, as a result of his wise investments and work but none of which he shall ever take past death. Thieves may make a dent into it or economic downturn decrease it considerably. What abundant life mentioned in John 10:10 is living full in Christ so even death cannot take our assurance away.
The brief time we have on the earth we have put to good use if we could enjoy eternity with our Redeemer Lord.
In the epistle to the Ephesians we read thus: “(God) hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: (Eph.1:3-4)” We have been blessed since we are not marching with the worldly into an abyss of uncertainty. We are instead marching to Time and as the epistles to the Hebrews exhort, “…Let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author and the finisher of our faith (Heb.12:1-2).” The expression ‘cloud of witnesses’ is a clue to the tempo. Patiently we hold position in which we are placed and eternity is before us and all about are cloud of witnesses gone before us, having fought a good fight for their faith.
One blessing as mentioned above is the element of Time, our time reconstituted into God’s time. Another blessing is the light. Jesus described himself as the light of the world. He also promised, “He that followeth me shall have the light of life (Jn.8:12;1:8)” Looking unto Jesus as we run our faith has caught on the radiance of our Lord Savior. We are like the city set on a hill and our witnessing ought to draw the eyes of others to the source of light. “And let them be for signs (Gen.1:14).” The natural use of lights in the firmament of heaven has also secondary sense and it refers to us. There is greater light and lesser light. By the principle of Association we belong to the light, since being drawn into the Father-Son relationship and we bear witness by our conduct.
The greater light and the lesser light are signs. So are we.In the Parable of Lazarus and the Rich man the former was a sign for the rich man. In eternity the roles are reversed. Lazarus in Abraham’s bosom is a sign for the rich man. But there is nothing he can do about it. It means the sign after death indicates judgment. “Behold I and the children whom the Lord hath given me are for signs and wonders…(Is.8:18)” The same verse quoted in the Hebrews 2:13 should give us a clue to its importance. Besides no other Parables of Jesus bear a name except in this. In order to explain fully we would require another post so for the present consider our roles as sign of God’s grace. We are signs and wonders for the world perishing as result of their ignorance. “ ….In the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among whom ye shine as lights in the world (Phil. 2:15). Where there is no vision, people perish and what if our witnessing lacks in vision how much more shall be the state of the worldly? Instead of activism and prosperity of worldly goods what we require is to witness as ‘signs and wonders’ for the Lord Savior.