Day 4: A City on a Hill
In the ancient world, cities were built on a hill for many reasons. It was more difficult for opposing nations to attack a city on a hill. Those on the city walls could keep watch and see farther due to their height. But other than the typical military advantages, the light from within a city on a hill would light up more land. So the peasants and workers out in the fields would still have a clear view of the city as the sun began to set.
Jesus shared that His people were both the salt of the earth, as well as the light of the world – a city on a hill. While being the light of the world can be understood in many different ways, in our culture it could mean that you choose to speak up and show compassion in situations where others do not. It could mean providing for the needs of others; not just their physical needs, but their emotional and spiritual needs as well. It could mean allowing your light to shine so others know where to go for help and encouragement when darkness is entering their own life. It could mean…(you fill in the blank.)
As you read today, consider this: Who has been a light for you when you experienced a dark season in life? How did that experience prepare you to be a light in the lives of others?
Who has been a light for you when you experienced a dark season in life? How did that experience prepare you to be a light in the lives of others?
Bringing it back: How has God uniquely created you to be an agent of change in your family? Your job? Your school? Has your answer to this question changed in any way throughout the week?
F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)
Read: Exodus 13:17-14:31
Reflect: What did you H.E.A.R. from God today? HEAR Bible Study Method
Heavenly Father, today I thank You that for the reminder that I am a city on a hill. Not only have You provided me a significant spiritual advantage against Your adversary, You have also designed me to reflect Your light so that the darkness all around will be consumed. Today, I simply pray that Your light will be reflected in my life in such a profound way that even from a distance, people will see You and come to know You better. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen.
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