The Message (MSG)
14-16“Here’s another way to put it: 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! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
Wow! Opening up to others…..as we build relationship with others…..that is key. And it takes a generousness of spirit. It takes a confidence and trust in God and what He will make of that vulnerability. That is a word not many people like. But, it seems key in these verses.
Keeping open house and how to go about this….it’s not a secret but its not always easy for everyone either, especially in our guarded world. What is this going to take for you? I am sure I will be rolling this around in my mind, heart and spirit today.
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