“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.” –Jesus the Christ
The ego within us, that part that’s constantly trying to edge God out, is always trying to trick us with a very enticing idea.
This idea is that we need to have, do, and be more in order to have and experience life in its fullest. And so, as we buy into this idea, the more we end up chasing life rather than allowing it to be expressed within and through us.
How cunning is this ego that’s tricking us with the very thing that is already within us?
It’s trying to get us to chase the light by becoming more and having more, yet this light is already within us.
Jesus taught that we are the light of the world and that light cannot be hidden. It’s like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
Yet the ego within us is constantly trying to convince us that we are less than that, and we need to do more to earn this light and love that is available in abundance from God himself.
Personally, I know has been true for me for a long time. I used to have a real disfigured understanding of God’s grace and love for me. And so I ended up chasing God and lived from a place of fear rather than love.
When fear is within us, God can’t be within us (c.f. 1 John 4:12-19). But, don’t confuse “being scared of dangers” (phobias) with fear that’s created by our sinful nature. And what I mean by sinful nature is this part within us that was misguided, broken, and lost. This part bows to the ego and convinces us we are not enough for the Source of life. But the truth is we already have the Source of life within us (c.f. Ezekiel 36:27; 2 Timothy 1:14). In Christ the old person is gone and the new one has come (c.f. 2 Corinthians 5:17).
The truth is, I AM the light of the world which is like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. God shines within me and therefore also through me. All I have to do is realise and allow this truth to project through me rather than remain a spectator of life. Because not only do I take the world in through my eyes, but I also project the light from within to the world without.
Therefore, today I will not allow false modesty or spiritual pride to keep me from claiming the real power within me. God placed it there to be used on His behalf, and I serve no one by hiding my light, least of all Him. Pretending to be less than I am is a game the ego loves to play at my peril.
Jesus taught us a great truth – the fact that we have only scratched the surface of the gifts we can give to the world (c.f. John 14:12) and that it’s my mission, while I’m on earth, to give to life all I have been given.
The Scriptures say that God planned my journey long before I arrived on this planet (c.f. Psalm 139:14-16). It also says that I have been created as His masterpiece for the good works God prepared beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).
Today, I must choose to devote this power to be used in the service of the healing of the world, to join God on His mission of restoring His creation; doing this will ignite a mighty force. Such is who I am.
And because I acknowledge and accept the light within me, a city on a hilltop, I also see the beauty and power and importance in everyone else. It is humbling, not arrogant, to accept the power of God within me. Nothing in the world can match the importance of the gifts that God has given me.
The truth is, all of us are special. Every heart is filled with a blazing potential for greatness. Everyone carries the same eternal spark, the same seed of God within us (c.f. Genesis 1:27; Psalm 8; Psalm 82:6; John 10:34). Everyone is equal at the deepest level of our souls. God has no favourites (c.f. Deuteronomy 10:17; Job 34:19; Galatians 3:27-28; Acts 10:34-36; Romans 2:11).
So today, may I recognise everyone as a brother or sister on my journey through life, struggling as I struggle and dream as I dream.
May I extend the compassion and love I wish to feel from others, to everyone I meet.
May my eyes thus be opened to the truth beyond the veil and what is merely seen.
May my eyes project and not merely see.
May my life overflow and not merely consume.
May my hands heal and not merely touch.
May my heart love and not merely exist for my own existence.
May light and peace fill your life.