A couple of weeks ago, a friend message me with the following:
I was reading Matthew 7 tonight and it made me cry. I started thinking about all my close friends who love The Lord and go to church but have never been baptized for the remission of sins. It got me depressed. Do you ever get down thinking about all the lost souls there are in this world? If so, how do you deal with it? I mean I wish there was something I could do. I feel so powerless sometimes.
My answer to her was, “Yes. All the time. Lots of prayer, lots of waiting for opportunities to “teach the Way more adequately.” Lots of reliance on God, trusting Him to judge the hearts as only He can.” I stand by that answer, however, I want to focus on the “opportunities” part of my prayer, in light of Jesus’ teachings from Matthew 5:14-16
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that
they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
The Jews hearing this message knew the “town on a hill” as Jerusalem. Even today, the city’s splendor can be seen for miles. Living in
rural Germany, out away from the larger city, in rolling hills and valleys, I’ve seen another comparison of “cannot be hidden.” The village in which I live is slightly higher in elevation than the village where Dietrich attends Kindergarten. We leave the house in low fog, drive through dense, sun-blocking fog, and by the time I return to our village, the fog has completely lifted most mornings. Fog settles in low lying areas. Those in higher areas have better visibility and the ability to see a bigger picture than those dwelling in the fog.