Not Made for Obscurity

“…You’re here 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!…” (Matthew 5:14-16 MSG) 

The word “obscure” refers to something that is inconspicuous or unnoticeable. It also denotes something that is of little or no prominence, note, fame or distinction. A person who is obscure is far from public notice or important activities.

God is clear in His Word and messages to us concerning the fact that He did not make the Christian for obscurity. He made us for His glory. Of what use is a glorious thing that is concealed and unnoticed? Of what use is a candle that is lit and afterwards placed under a bucket?

In the Scripture quoted above, Jesus asks an important question: “If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you?” He is saying in effect that our lives are to be put up to the world to show the way.

In the first epistle of Peter, God re-echoes this same truth, declaring that He made His saints ‘to set forth His wonderful deeds and display His virtues and perfections’ (1Peter 2:9 AMP). That is awesome. He made us for display. He made us to make a statement to the world by our very lives and existence.

The Christian was made to be noticed by the world.

The Christian is made for prominence.

The Christian is made for relevance and distinction.

The Christian is made to shine.

Refuse the low and insignificant life. Make an impact in your world.

“Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16 AMP)