Written by Phoebe Shen. Artwork by Xiao Peng.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.” – Matthew 5:14
It was November 2012, election year. My high school fellowship leader decided to have a special message about God’s plan for the government in light of this pivotal moment for our nation. To start off the evening, he asked us who we would vote for, and he also gave us the option to refrain from voting if we desired. To my disappointment, even in this hypothetical situation where we had nothing to lose, the majority of us remained in the “not voting” category.
We are told in so many different ways to be the salt and light of the world. But how many of us find ways to actively seek out this command of God? How can we be the light of the world if we actively choose passivity? The Lord calls us to be peacemakers, but that does not mean standing by idly without putting up a fight. Peacemakers “make peace”. They seek it out. Their hearts are heavy with a burden for the people around them until their lives have been made right with the Lord. As Christ’s ambassadors we have the invaluable privilege and opportunity to advocate for God’s justice, truth and the gospel of peace. Are we living lives of salt and light? Or have we allowed baskets of security, conformity, and fear to cover our lights?
As the 40 Day Impact Challenge continues, I pray that as we continue to pursue eternal impact for our own lives and those in our communities that we do not neglect the ability we have to impact the world for Christ. Our impact needs not be limited to any area but should encompass every area that the Lord has entrusted us to steward. Whether it be registering to vote for the upcoming election or donating to a pro-life campaign, our work as Christians is cut out for us. Let’s remove our lights from our baskets and set our lights on a lampstand so all may see and “glorify [our] Father who is in heaven.”
1. What are some obstacles or fears that may prevent us from being “peacemakers”?
2. What are some ways to be a “peacemakers” in your community?