Pastor Chris las week started a new series taking a deeper look at the words of Jesus. Part 2 we move from what Christ said about the church being the salt of the earth and move into His words on us being the light of the world. And these are building blocks. You first are the salt of the earth and then you have the opportunity to become the light of the world.
When we think about light, we usually first think of evangelism. The “going door to door, do you know Jesus” evangelism. And this isn’t here what Jesus was talking about. Now we should be sharing our faith with our friends, neighbors, co-workers, but Jesus is getting at something different here.
He says in Matthew chapter 5, “You are the light of the world. A town built 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 others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We at the River Church, like most churches, work at taking all of our gifts, talents and abilities and pooling them together and creating events, outreach, small-groups, discipleship, and all sorts of programs to further grow and develop our walk with Christ. But the problem over time turns into “doing” for Jesus, rather than “being” and living in Him. We take these events, serving, and even just showing up at church as “checking” the Jesus box on the card of our life. But this is not what it is about.
It is about having an outpouring from within us that leads to serving, outreach, small-groups, discipleship. But you might say, these are so boring, I have tried these paths before. And we get caught up in shopping from church to church to find the right amount of this path or the path that super cool over at that church. The path is never the end game. It is about transformation along the path.
Jesus says that “Y’all are the light of the world.” Everyone is a light and after we get in line with Jesus and living in obedience that creates transformation, the light within us burn bright. We all are lights. Not those who are extroverted, or with the spiritual gift of evangelism, or like talking to people, etc. We all are. Some of us shine brighter than others but all are lights.
Who in your life needs to experience your light today?
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