Julie Raab - Olympia II, Washington Convention - 2018

Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.”

Matthew 5:16, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

The Standard has been raised before us without question! There’s been a very vivid picture of Christ. We get a picture of where we’re at in comparison, “You have a long ways to go but you are the light of the world!”

Genesis 23:4, “I am a stranger and a sojourner with you; give me a possession of a burying-place with you, that I may bury my dead out of my sight.” Sarah, his wife, had died. Abraham didn’t worship their gods, or get involved in things that they were involved with. He said, “I am a stranger and sojourner with you.”

Genesis 23:6, they said, “Hear us, my lord; thou art a mighty prince among us.” Abraham probably didn’t know that they felt that way! Maybe some of the things Abraham had done wrong were heavy on his heart, but now he finds out he’s a light! We feel like we don’t even begin to fit in with the standard of Christ, but we know we don’t fit into the world!

Genesis 30:27, “And Laban said unto him, 'I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, tarry for I have learned by experience that the Lord hath blessed me for thy sake.” The way Laban treated Jacob – cheating him, etc. – I don’t think Jacob knew Laban felt that way about him!

Matthew 25:3, “They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them but the wise took oil in their lamps.”

Matthew 25:8, “And the foolish said unto the wise, 'Give us of your oil for our lamps are gone out.' But the wise answered, saying, 'Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.'”

It’s always true about a light – it is a greater blessing to those in its presence, than it is to the stranger afar off outside that gets a glimpse through the window. This light brings us peace, and life is growing – such a blessing to us! The wise didn’t just go one day and buy oil, and be done! Those lamps were small vessels. They would constantly be going to the source to buy oil! I don’t think it was the first time the foolish asked the wise to give them oil. The wise were saying to the foolish, “Not so.” They’d be telling the foolish ways to do things so they didn’t compromise! The wise would have set aside a specific time to read and pray. Then the day came, when it was so important that the light was burning bright! I hope we’d understand the value of being the light of the world! We may never know that there are those in the world that see it.

 

We want to keep it shining by every day reading and praying!