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Light Shining in the Darkness

Matthew 5:14

You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.

img_0063-2Pastor Trevor preached Sunday – about being the light in the darkness. Darkness can be fun at times – but – at times it is not. I remember growing up and living next door to a cemetery. When friends came over or cousins visited – we would play hide and seek. I would always hide in the cemetery – over in the darkest corners where the house’s outside floodlight didn’t shine. Whenever someone got close to where I was hiding – I would make sounds that would scare them away (remember – we were young and this was a cemetery. The darkness and the unknown noises would always win the day. But darkness is not always something to be desired as we will see.

Darkness in today’s scripture represents the absence of Jesus. Jesus is instructing His followers. He tells them that they are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. As believers – as disciples of Jesus – we are to allow His light to shine in us – through us – and in spite of us. I remember – again as a child – traveling to my mother’s home town  Moorefield – in West Virginia. As we would come over the mountains – with very little light other than our headlights – we would crest the last mountain top and down toward the valley we would see the lights of Moorefield – we knew we were there! I remember when the chicken plant starting running all night and when they got their first fast food store – a McDonald’s. As the town started to get more and more active over the years – the lights were stronger as we crested the mountain.

I’ve watched over the years as youth came to our churches and came to know Jesus. Slowly – but often most assuredly – the light of this new Christian in the home would begin to shine light in the darkness and the family would be drawn to the light – to Jesus. I’ve seen it work in the workplace when a Christian begins to work in a workplace without the light of Jesus. I’ve seen it happen in a number of settings. When we allow the light of Christ to shine in our lives – those in the darkness are drawn to what we have – the light of Christ.

Unfortunately – even in some churches – people who claim to know Jesus do not shine for Him. Too often some folks try to ride the fence and try to keep their faith in Christ a secret – at home – in the community – at work. If Christ is truly in us – we WILL shine dear readers. I hate to be blunt – or even harsh – but I would seriously doubt the faith of a person who wanted to hide their light under a bushel! Mathew 5:14-16 – 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 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. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

We’re told – that if Christ is in us – we will be different. 2 Corinthians 5:17 – Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!

We’re also told that if we stand up for Jesus – He will stand up for us. We’re also told that if we deny Him before men and women He will deny us before the Father. Matthew 10:32-33 – 32 Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33 But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

So believers – my sisters and brothers – you are the light of the world – if Christ is indeed within you! If Christ is in you – in me – we MUST let His light shine in EVERYTHING we do – not just on Sunday mornings. I back to playing basketball with some younger men a couple times a week – early in the morning. We always pray for our witness – our attitudes – our tempers to be in check. We have coaches – students and others playing with us. We also have church members coming and going as we play at a nearby church. Even while we play basketball – we are called to be a light for Christ. Wherever your day takes you today – remember to let Jesus shine in you – through you – and even in spite of you into the darkened world!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

January 8, 2020 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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