the light of the world

Matthew 5:14 (TR) 14 Ὑμεῖς ἐστε τὸ φῶς τοῦ κόσμου οὐ δύναται πόλις κρυβῆναι ἐπάνω ὄρους κειμένη

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.

I’ve been slowly working my way through the Sermon on the Mount recently, trying to use the fading minuscule knowledge I have left of the Biblical Greek I’d learned in seminary. It’s funny how fast it can slip out of your mind once you leave school.

But this week I worked on translating this verse and something about it grabbed my heart. You are the light of the world. You. Me. Us. The word we translate “you” is actually plural in the Greek, meaning that we believers together are the light of the world. So often we either ignore or try to hide our light- thinking that we shouldn’t be disruptive or controversial in our communities. Or, if you’re ambitious like me, you want to read this “you” as a singular-believing that somehow it is on my shoulders to achieve to greatness and purpose of shining the light.

No, we need each other.

We best reflect God’s light when we gather our individual sparks together.

Just imagine if we sought to change the world this way!

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