Well 2016 has well and truly begun and this past weekend, we had Vision Sunday! Our theme for 2016 is LIGHT and we are excited at how our church has already responded.
In Matthew 5:14-16 it says “Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be a light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”
If we are called to be a light, what is our light illuminating? Are we shining the love of Jesus to our world or are we hiding it? Light brings warmth, guidance, clarity, sight, vision, direction and clarity. Jesus doesn’t call us to be a perfect light, with no faults or imperfections. He calls us to shine bright for all to see.
- Shine his light on your disappointments and frustrations
Don’t allow your frustrations or disappointments to dim the light that God wants to shine through you. The call to follow Jesus is a call for life and should not diminish when we walk through trials. Let’s cut the strings we attach to the call of God and understand that his favour rests on us, in good seasons and in bad seasons.
2. Shine his light on new possibilities
Ecclesiastes 1:9 says “There is nothing new under the sun”. Yet we read in Revelation 21:5 Jesus says “I am making all things new.” In Christ we are a new creation. God is a God of renewal, a God of regeneration, a God who can make something out of nothing. He is not finished with you and he desires to open up new doors of opportunity and lead you down new rivers and new roads, in the days ahead. Regardless of what your life has looked like to this point, the future is bright and your finest days are ahead.
3. Live in the light of his love
Jesus is the light of all mankind and his light brings comfort and peace to our soul, so that we can then bring comfort to a lost and hurting world.
2 Corinthians 1:4 says “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Allow the light of Jesus to sooth your soul, bring comfort to your hurting heart and let’s shine our light brightly so that salvation may come to this city that we love.