From Pastor Brady

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

Wait, doesn’t Jesus call himself the light of the world (John 8:12)? But here he calls us the light of the world? How can this be? Paul the Apostle will chalk it up to our union with Christ. “Christ lives in me (Gal. 2:20).”

It can be overwhelming to think that Jesus has placed on us his very own name. We are called to be lights that shine into the dark world from the Light of Jesus, revealing the light of Jesus. This teaching should unsettle us. It should move us out of complacency, and away from both isolation and assimilation.

“Hide it under a bushel- NO!” we used to sing and shout when I was a kid. “I’m gonna let it shine.” When did we stop singing that? When did we stop taking Matthew 5:14 seriously? Why don’t we look for ways and opportunities to be a light in a dark place?

Influence and difference making often happen through the ministry of inconvenience. What I mean is that to truly be a difference maker, you have to be willing to accept God’s providential hand moving you in and out of situations each day that you did not plan. And since you did not plan them, the temptation will be to avoid them, walk past them, or resolve them quickly. But these situations are the ones that require a light. Rather we should see each person and each situation as an opportunity. An opportunity to shine the light of Jesus’ love, and his saving grace. An opportunity to share the good news of the hope that is in us.

You are the light. You are the light of your neighborhood. You are the light of your campus. You are the light of your office. You are the light of your little league. You are the light of the world. What does light do? It gives guidance, expels fear, reveals reality, exposes sin, brings hope.

Does your life do these things? Does our church do these things?