“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Sunday, I had to run some errands. As I drove down the road, it was strange. All of the church buildings were closed. Even the church we attend was closed. God spoke to me and told me that His church was not closed, because His church has nothing to do with a building. The true church of Jesus Christ will never close. “Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it.” (Matthew 16:18) We are the church, God’s chosen people, and we are the light of the world. In this time of trouble, we need more than ever to be that light. We are going through a very dark time in our world and more than ever the world needs our light shining in the darkness. “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:14-16) Even after we come out of this time of trouble, we need to still be the light of the world; the building is not the light.
“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ. We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.” (2 Corinthians 4:6-7)