Today while enjoying my PATCO ride (wherein I think that my seat became unbolted) I decided that I needed the living, breathing Word of God to permeate the deepest places of my being. So, I opened up my Bible and turned to Matthew 5:14-16, in The Message.
Here’s another way to put it: You’re heare to be light, bringing out the God colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I”m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine!
This really hit me between the eyes. God placed all of us on earth to be light, to “bring out the God colors in the world.” That says to me that my life is supposed to bring out the best in others. I joke at work that my job is to make everyone look better, to do their jobs better. There are days that this is a pleasure. When I enjoy everyone who is in the office. When I feel good about myself, about my job. There are days when it is excruciatingly difficult to make people look better. Like when I believe that I’ve been wronged. Like when I didn’t get enough sleep the night before. Like when I’ve not had my daily allotment of espresso.
That scripture called me to account. Because I feel like God has me hidden away, in an obuscure place. I know that He is building character. I know that He is tearing out and cleaning up the broken places. I know that He is at work. God is building patience into me…something that grows sparsely in my garden of spiritual gifts. God is building perseverance in me…again, something missing from the bouquet of spritual gifts, a gift that I’ve not chosen to cultivate.
I think I’m onto something. I think that perhaps I’ll begin a study of the fruit of the Spirit. If you care to join me, check back soon.