You are the Light
Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven."
There is nothing so terrifying as darkness. I don't know if you have had the opportunity to be in complete darkness. If you haven't, I would encourage you to try it. It is simply one of the most profound events that you can experience.
Imagine yourself in a place where the darkness surrounds you so utterly that it almost seems like the dark is a physical barrier to the real world. It limits your vision to the point that it almost feels like it is a fabric. You must feel around. Touch is muted. Your hearing seems limited. Smell is nonexistent. It is hard to breath because the air itself seems thick. This was your life. This is the life of millions who have not had their eyes opened to Jesus. Who do not believe in His Goodness, Grace and Mercy; Who have not experienced the joy of being loved for who they are; who do not have the Holy Spirit living in them producing light so they can see the Truth.
This is where you and I come in. See, we have had the opportunity thanks to someone in our lives to see the light...to experience God's forgiveness through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. They were faithful to what Jesus says here in these familiar words in his Sermon of the Mount. They did not hide the light within them and they illuminated the path of someone stumbling in the darkness of ignorance. They set the captive free.
This week you have an opportunity to share the Good News with someone. Don't tell me you don't...I know you do. :-) There is not a day that goes by..seriously...not.a.day...that the opportunity to tell someone about Jesus presents itself to me. That could be in a personal contact, or it could be in helping someone or it could be in just writing to someone to tell them about what Jesus is doing in my life...the means are endless. The focus is singular and the results are God given. Can't go wrong with that can you?
I appreciate what you are doing in the community and what you will continue to do. I appreciate the fact that you are willing to "put yourselves out there". To get involved with helping people...shining your light. But what is more important I think, is that by doing these things, you are bringing the light of Jesus to those who are in darkness. To those who have not seen kindness in so very long and who are thirsting for contact of another soul.
So keep on doing what you are doing. That is what being a Christ-Follower means, To risk, to go, to shine, to harvest.