Let Your Light Shine

 Do you know what God's first words are in the Bible?  I don't mean "in the beginning...".  Those are the author's first words.  Church tradition teaches that Moses wrote that.  But what is God's first quote in the Bible?  "Let there be light".  It's not wonder, then, that light has such a prominent role in theology and in life.  It is literally the first thing that God did here on Earth.  From that moment on, there was a distinct difference between light and darkness.  The light was deemed good and the darkness bad.  That symbolic battle has played itself out in the world and in popular culture (right, Star Wars fans?) since the beginning of creation.  Even as children, many of us knew that there was a difference between the light and the dark.  Maybe you were afraid of the dark.  Maybe you still are.  
         
The good news is that God provided a solution to the problem...the church!  The church as the body of Christ is called to be a light in the world.  Jesus called himself the light of the world.  It was a light in the sky that announced his birth to the world, and the blocking of the sun's light by storm clouds that announced his death to the world.    
         
Jesus once referred to himself as the light of the world.  But in Matthew, he also told the regular people listening to him that they are the light of the world.  That's because they had grabbed on to his light and started shining it themselves.  Jesus instructed them to let their light shine as brightly as they could.  The light of Christ should not be hidden.  Others will see Christ through our light.    
         
If we are to be the followers of Christ in 2021, we too have to let our light shine brightly so that everyone around us will experience God's loving grace.  Do you know what my favorite moment of the whole year is?  Christmas Eve, 11pm Candlelight Service.  As the service is ending, the clock is getting closer and closer to midnight and Christmas Day, and we are worship holding our candles high and singing Silent Night.  But how did we get to that point?  I light my candle from the Christ candle.  And from my candle, the ushers light theirs.  And from the ushers, the first person in every row lights theirs.  And that first person shares their light with the next person, and then they share theirs and that continues until the last candle is lit, but all of that light really came from one source; the Christ candle...from Christ himself.  
         
 Let your light shine brightly every day like it's Christmas Eve!   Share that light with everyone around you like it is Christmas Eve.  Let the world hear you and see you bringing glory to God!  Make your light so bright and so warm and so welcoming that others will want it for themselves, and then they will want to share it with others.  Let's make the world a bright enough place to drive out all the darkness.  Amen!  
           
 Blessings,  
 Reverend Dave  



This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Oh, this little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
This little light of mine
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine

Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Hide it under a bushel? No!
I’m going to let it shine
Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine.


No Comments


Recent

Archive

 2021

Categories

no categories

Tags

Anger Authentic Bible Body of Christ Broken world Centered Changed Child of God Chosen people Comfortable Denominations Discipleship Discipline Doubt Faith Following Jesus Generosity Gifts of the Spirit Giving God at work God's Glory God's call God's creation God's economy God's face God's first words God's leading God's light God's love God's plan God's presence God's timing God's voice God's ways God's way God's will be done God's will God's word God\'s Glory God\'s face God\'s first words God\'s leading God\'s light God\'s love God\'s presence God\'s will be done God\'s will God\'s word God\\\'s leading God\\\'s love God\\\\\\\'s love Godhead God Hands and feet of Jesus Hearing God Holiness Holy Spirit Jealous Jesus is Lord Jesus the healer Jesus Justice Kingdom life Kingdom of God Knowing God Laughter Light of the world Living Word Lord and God Lord Made new Newness of life Norms Obey Radical Transformation Recreate Refreshed Sabbath Sanctified Satan Saul Savior Seeing God Shalom Soulmate Spirit of God Standing before God Stumbling Testify The Church The Gospel of Jesus Christ The Great Commission The family of God The new people of God The people of God Transformation Trinity Truth in love Truth Unconditional love Values Voice of God Weary Worship Written word abundance action affirmation anchor answered prayer anxiety arguing arguments ask God asking God assurance attentive awe be ready believe born again born from above bright broken call to ministry calm caretakers celebrate children of God choice choosing comfort commandments community compassion confession conversation with God creation decision defending God dependent depression devotions direction discouraged disney distractions diversity divided do no harm dream big empowered equality eternal life evangelism evidence examine excuses expectations expecting God experience failure faint faithful fear finding God finding Jesus focus follow through forgiveness free from sin free will freedom gathered giving God the glory goals godly good news good works grace grief grieving guidance happiness hard hate healing helpless help holy living holy hope humility hunger ice cream injustice intentional intercesor intervene intimate joy justify knowing Jesus knowledge learning letting go life in the Kingdom life lightning light listening living together living looking for God love God love neighbor love self love loving God loving Jesus loving others mature meaning meditate meditation mercy ministry miracles miserable mission mistakes motivation new begging new life olympics overcome overflowing partnering pay no attention peace persecuting Jesus persistence power praise pray big prayer praying predestination prepare priorities proclaim promises of God pure purity purpose real deal reconciliation recreated redeeming redeem refining refuge rejection rejoice relationship remember repent rescue response rest resurrection revelation righteousness risk rules sacrifice salvation sanctification scarcity scripture searching seeking God self-care selfish selfless servant servent service set apart share shine brightly shine simple simplicity simplify sinners sinner sin solitude spending time with Jesus spiritual disciplines spiritual exercises spiritual growth spirituality start over status quo stewardship steward storms stress struggle success suffering teaching temptation test thankfulness thanksgiving the great commandments the unknown thunder time with God tired together transfiguration trust in God trust understanding unexpected victory vision waiting on God walking with God wear out welcome wisdom witness wonder worries worry