Sparing the City By Shining the Light

My word for 2014 is seek. I didn’t want to choose seek. I wasn’t even sure it was a “good” word to pick. And yet just a few days in, I’m finding.

Yesterday a friend posted the daily scripture from YouVersion on FaceBook along with how it applied to her life. When I saw that same scripture yesterday, I thought, “That has nothing to do with seeking. I’m not sharing that today.”

I wrote my post yesterday on seeking God in each moment instead of the past or the future. I used the song “Blink” by Revive to tie together the ideas of numbering our days and not looking back like Lot’s wife.

Later in the afternoon a song I hadn’t heard before came across my Pandora station. Josh Wilson’s “Pushing Back the Dark” lyrics immediately reminded me of the Facebook post I had read earlier, and then when the chorus hit, I was driven back to my devotion time looking at Lot’s wife.

“Whatever you do, just don’t look back. Oh, somebody needs the light you have.”

Lord, where was this song when I did my writing for the day? This would have been the perfect song!

And then I did my Bible study this morning.

How many times do Christians ask the question how long will God tolerate this sinful world? Aren’t we living in a time that is as sinful as Sodom and Gomorrah (S&G)?

When Abraham learned that God was going to destroy S&G for their wicked and perverse ways, he asked Him an interesting question.

“Suppose you find fifty righteous people living there in the city–will you still sweep it away and not spare it for their sakes?” Genesis 18:24

And the Lord replied, “If I find fifty righteous people in Sodom, I will spare the entire city for their sake.” Genesis 18:26

This conversation continues through Genesis 18 until God promises to spare the entire city if even TEN righteous people can be found living there.

In the end, the city gets destroyed. There wasn’t ten righteous people in that city. And one that was lead out of the city to safety, looked back, and was turned into a pillar of salt.

Ten righteous people.

I don’t know where you live, but the “city” I live in has something like 610ish people. Will God spare our city if there are ten righteous people within our boundaries?

The verse of the day on YouVersion when I did my reading this morning:

You are the light of the world–like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. Matthew 5:14

Why hasn’t God destroyed our city?

Ten people.

Think you aren’t important? Think the small light within you has no affect?

I beg to differ.

Your light, the light of the world, is not only important and effective, but life-giving to those around you. The city needs the light you have within you. The other nine, or more, people within your city need your light, too.

You can’t be hid. Somebody needs to see your light. Shine, baby, shine!

Other posts on the same subject:

Pillar of Salt or New Creation
Back in My Day Is Today
Pearls and Pigs or Lamps and Light of the World


8 responses to this post.

  1. Food for thought and chomping and action, for sure. So awesome to visit you again, Carrie. Your words, as always, inspire and enlighten.


  2. Thanks for this post! It seems like “seeking” in religion is good but “seeking” in business is bad. Totally food for thought.


  3. I appreciate you highlighting the point that we are to be a light for someone who is struggling, who is trying to figure “it” out. We were not meant to be here for just ourselves, but the benefit of others.


  4. Carrie Ann, another LOVEly post. You always cause me to pause and reflect. Yes, each of us do make a difference. Each of us has a light to shine into the darkness. Thanks for the reminder.


  5. I really appreciate you dropping in to read and comment, Julie! I'm trying to build community and that can only happen if I can get people in on the conversation and talking to each other. Do you have any suggestions on how to get people talking?


  6. Kimberly,

    Thanks for dropping in! It's been several year, but I used to work in the business sector and I think I was always seeking. Or maybe that was begging… Perhaps I'm confusing the two. I think we're always seeking others to engage with, others to buy in to our ideas/products, people to invest, yes, seeking is a necessity for our survival.

    I'm glad you found some thinking material here! Please drop in and chat again! I love to talk!!!


  7. Don, thank you so much for joining the conversation. Sometimes we get so caught up in self that we forget others can be not only influenced by our actions and decisions, but that those same actions and decisions can be directly responsible for “saving” the lives of others. It's not about me, but about we.

    Please stop in to chat again!


  8. Makes me think of that sweet song, “This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. . .” As always, your reflections are salient and valuable.


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