Oct 1, 2019
Good Morning Fellow Travelers,
Read: Mat 5:13-16
“Ye are the light of the world.” (Mat 5:14)
There is an ageless truth in Mark 7:24. “But he could not be hid.” Jesus tried to downplay his work. After healing someone, he often asked those he healed to tell no one. But the Lord Jesus could not be hidden. Matthew Henry wrote, “A candle may be put under a basket, but the sun cannot be placed there. Christ, the Light of the world, cannot be hid.”
A personality so potent cannot be inconspicuous. Christ is ever evident in the world. The stamp of His divine character should be seen in all who carry His name. A totally surrendered life forces Christ upon the gaze of the world. In the consecrated life, Christ cannot be obscure.
Why then is he not apparent in so many nominal churches who call themselves Christian? This is because they are not living the Christ-life. The principles of kingdom separation are not taught or lived among them. They cause many to fall because of their false testimony. They have not come out of the world (2 Corinthians 6:17-18).
Think upon these important questions: Does my life adorn the teachings of Jesus? Is our witness as believers showing forth His beauty? Is Christ conspicuous in our community because we live the life of Jesus among our neighbors? It must be so! John Keats wrote, “His identity presses upon me.”
We may, as humble followers, escape notice for a while, but if we intend to live out the kingdom principle of evangelism, our friends and fellow travelers should be able to say also, “His identity presses upon us.”
Christ cannot be hidden. Does my character and the sum total of my life give witness to a living Christ that will not be hidden in my town?
~ James Baer ~