You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14–16)
When I think of the phrase, "Light and Life to All He Brings," instantly the parable of salt and light in Matthew 5 comes to mind. I share this with my friends whenever their self-esteem takes a hit, their season in life seems stagnant or unpleasant, or their lows outnumber highs.
Because as the "salt of the world," we are called to be preservers and enhancers of God's goodness. As the "light of the world," our good deeds should shine. Not so we'll stand out individually, but so everyone looking at our light (nonbelievers included) might come to glorify our Father in heaven. Doesn't that just put more pep in your step?
Personally, it's a reminder that my path through cancer recovery doesn't have to be so dark. Is it more convenient to be angry and fearful? Maybe. More comfortable to depart from the obedient life? It can seem that way sometimes.
As someone who's almost ashamed to say I've tried all those ways, I only found myself more conformed to the world and less Spirit-led. Worse, it obstructed my testimony!
Instead, be that salt and light! Use your story to connect with others. You may even find some similarly struggling. Through the love of God (He who brings light and life to all), you'll soon be on your way to feeling whole once more.
Lord, in this Advent season, may we be the light in the world and lead others to Your Life. May we help make heaven more crowded! Amen.
Nancy and Christian Bunte are actively involved at South Main and were married at South Main in February of 2020. Nancy is a breast cancer survivor and uses her experience to encourage others within our congregation and community going through cancer treatment.