And You’re Like A City On A Hill!

The Lord Jesus spoke amazing words to His disciples. He gave them instructions for life. He gave them a purpose in life, without which it is impossible to live.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: and teach them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the age. ” Matthew 28: 19-20

Every Christian must have a purpose, and that purpose must be the most important and the same as God’s purpose.

This summer we were in Italy by the grace of God, preaching the gospel and serving the saints with the Word and prayers. On the way home we drove through the mountains of Austria. This is a fabulous sight. What you see there makes you think about the greatness of God, His taste, and the fullness He has created. I saw castles on the rocks, vineyards in the mountains, and snow on the mountain tops.

The words of the Lord echoed in my heart.

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14 (NIV)

The castle on the hill attracted people’s eyes to itself like a magnet. The size and beauty, which is not comparable to life at the location of this castle, catches everyone’s eye. And you will want to fly up there and get to the castle into its peace, its atmosphere.

But we – Christians- must be such castles. Every Christian is a fabulous castle on a hill. A castle that cannot be conquered and plundered because it is built on a rock and on His Word that is eternal and unshakable.

With the Lord you are a wonderful building, because there are no sorrows, diseases, or problems. There are no enemies who can conquer this city and plunder it. It is impossible to defeat God, but the Lord Jesus Himself lives in you. Every problem is bowed down before the Lord, and every need is fulfilled, and every disease is healed, for the Lord is the light, the truth, and the life full of joy and gratitude.

But you decide how you build. Will you be a fortress on a rock or a shed on the verge of a collapse, with water running through the roof and a floor eaten by mice.

If you receive the Word of the Lord in your heart and live according to His commandments, listen to the Holy Spirit, then you will also become a castle on a rock. You are a living testimony of God’s grace, generosity, and goodness. The Lord will shine through you, and this light will be seen from afar. And many come to that light.

Let darkness become darker and sin more sinful, but you shine forth the light of the Lord; and then weary and thirsty hearts shall come to that light.

In darkness there is fear and sorrow, there is no hope, but in light there is peace and joy, hope and faith.

Pray and read God’s Word, proclaim Christ to others, give others the opportunity to hear about the Lord, to be forgiven of their sins and receive the gift of eternal life!

Don’t be like an old shed always whining and backbiting others. Don’t be an abandoned building that is feared and avoided! Do not anger God with your unbelief and doubts! Do not grieve the Holy Spirit by not receiving His counsel! Don’t disappoint your leaders! Do not shut yourself off from brothers and sisters! Continue to serve the gospel!

Do not hide the light of God that is in you, or else something terrible and unpleasant will happen! Your house will burn down.

Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. Matthew 5:15

Be blessed dear friend! Let the light of God shine through you!

With love in Christ!

Pastor Ella Armand

Article from 2005.

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