It's a word that no one wants to hear, especially on a phone call from the South Dakota Department of Health. "You have been exposed." It sounds ominous, doesn't it? It causes a bit of fear to creep up in you. It makes most want to circle the wagons a little tighter. It makes you question if it is worth going anywhere.
There are just certain words that do that. They give a negative feeling whenever they come into conversation, but today I want to take back the word "exposure."
As a follower of Christ I have not been called to hide away. I have something that I want people to be exposed to. I want them to be exposed to and infected by God's loving grace the same way I was.
"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:14-16)
Jesus here is saying, "Don't put a mask on your faith. Don't quarantine yourself from the world. Don't hide your light behind closed doors. The light that you bear must be allowed to shine until all the world has been exposed to the love of your Father in heaven."
We cannot allow fear to hide our light. Fear of what others will think of us. Fear of the sacrifice it might take. Those are the things that cause us to keep our light from being exposed.
So, today, I will wear a mask over my face to keep others from my germs. I will continue to wash my hands as I always have. And I will continue to keep the light of Christ shining that others may be exposed to my heavenly Father and become His child.