Session 5: OUTWARD

8 September 2020

Matthew 5:14-16 Salt and Light (ESV)

Artist: Geraldine
Matthew 5:14~16
How to be the light of this world?
We are all part of the world, part of the community and family. When we are called to be the light of a bigger community, to reflect God living in us, God also set us in a community to do that even better. Jesus is the true light. He chose to be the light first to the 12 disciples and then to impart to them the light for them to shine to the world. After Jesus died, He rose again and went back to heaven. The Holy Spirit then came upon the disciples and they were sent to be the light to the world. I drew 12 dandelions to represent 12 disciples. When the winds blow, the seed of the dandelions are scattered to a new place and bloom there, so when the Holy Spirit comes upon us, we are carried by the will of God to wherever He wants us to be to shine for Him.

主题:马太福音 5:14-16
从主题经文中,我们可以看到: 我们住在这个世界上,某个城市、属于某个家庭。神也让我们以社群的方式,在地上为主发光,反真光在我们里面。耶稣就是那真光,祂拣选12个门徒,光照他们的生命,最后复活升天,圣灵浇灌门徒,真光在他们里面,差他们去,把光带给还没有遇见真光的世界。12朵蒲公英,象征12个门徒。12也代表管理,门徒要管理世界为主发光。白色小小的蒲公英,聚集在一起生长,一片雪白。象征一起在黑暗里发光。当圣灵的风吹动的时候,蒲公英种子随风飘到新的地方孕育新生命。当圣灵浇灌我们,我们按着神的心意,去到祂要我们去的地方,为主发光。
Artist: Yuri
God gave us the variety of gifts for each of us, so that each person shines with a different colour of light in the darkness…

Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Romans 12:6
Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us.


14 あなたがたは世の光です。丘の上にある町は夜になると灯がともり、だれにもよく見えるようになります。 15-16 あなたがたの光を隠してはいけません。すべての人のために輝かせなさい。だれにも見えるように、あなたがたの良い行いを輝かせなさい。そうすれば、人々がそれを見て、天におられるあなたがたの父を、ほめたたえるようになるのです。


Artist: Yuri
John 14: 26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
I drew the vessel (- me or other people. Jeremiah 18) contains the abundant colourful gift of the Spirit (- the variety of gifts. 1 Corinthians 12, etc). The white yellow with shining sequins are also the Holy Spirit – ‘the Spirit of God was hovering (Genesis 1:2)’.
It was funny… I was in deep grief the whole day, but the picture with the vessel containing the gift/Spirit from/of God looks so joyful.
It is because the Holy Spirit will bring peace… Praise God.
Artist: Perrine Hoo
We are lights of the world, even if we do not feel adequate on the outside, broken and bruised as we may seem.
We can be lights in the darkness nonetheless because we share the same source; the light of God shines through us! 🙂
Artist: Melanie
What I envision is a floating candle/lantern, so that the water becomes illuminated, and reflects the light. This light is on the water because sometimes we travel down rivers and across oceans by His grace and for His glory. The candle/lantern causes a ripple outward. As I began to paint the floating lantern (top right), I found that the lantern was too alone – so the ripples of light began connecting with other ripples of light since we are not shining alone. The ripples are like the good works and their effect – so that others see these good works and glorify our Father in Heaven.
The passage that kept coming to my mind as I was painting is this one: “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea”
Artist: Jillian
Each of us is like a unique lantern, shaped by each of our different cultures (think Chinese lanterns vs. Morrocan lanterns), with our own unique design. Each brings our own flavour, colour and beauty in carrying His light.
Artist: Lye Wan Chan
Matthew 5:16 – thinking of the creative arts and how God shines His light through the various expressions to others

Author: Pearl Hoo

A light of the world
What an amazing thing to be
A city set on a hill
Sounds beautiful to me

But, try as I might
Sometimes my light grows dim
A bonfire becomes a flickering flame
And the dark world closes in

And I’m scared of the darkness
The shadows that fight to snuff out the flame
And while I label my light a disappointment
The Father calls me by a different name

‘My child’, He calls
And lifts the basket under which I’ve hidden
He breaks the boulder off my back
Once a spot where guilt had ridden

I can’t sustain this light
This fire, it can burn me whole
‘Stop relying on your own strength’, The Father says
And with that, he soothes me heavy soul

A light is still a light
No matter how small
The world may just be one person
A person whom the Father calls

A light of the world
That comes from The Father, not from me
A city set on the hill
To God, give all the glory

Matthew 5:14-16 – Salt and Light (ESV)

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.