Last Sunday, I taught on Matthew 5:14-16:
“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.”
The encouragement for KCC was that we should all cooperate with the Spirit of God within and ‘Let the light shine’!
I mentioned that the power–the LIGHT–is not from us…it’s from God within us, and we are merely the vessels He uses to shine His light through. As we read in 2 Corinthians 4:6-7:
“For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.[b] This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.”
So, we know that He wants to ‘Shine His Light’ through us.
How do we do it?
For many of us, we tend to think of our Christianity as a system of beliefs or behaviors. We think that, as long as a person believes the right stuff, or does the right stuff (and avoids the wrong stuff), that is all we can ask.
Beliefs and Behavior ARE important…and far too many churches are minimizing those too often. They are going one extreme error, as if ‘it doesn’t matter’ what you believe or do…what matters is how nice you are.
Yet, for me, I know that my tendency is to lean toward the other end of the spectrum–as if beliefs and behaviors are the only things that matter.
That is an error also.
What is “The Evidence” that you are a Believer in Jesus Christ?
As we consider how we can #ShineTheLight together, let’s remember these words:
“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” (John 13:34-35)
As one person reminded me last Sunday in church, “If being a Christian was a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict you?”
It’s been fun to see people from KCC ‘nominating’ those who are “Shining the Light”. Keep it up! Keep Shining Jesus!
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