“Let Your Light Shine”

“You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which his in heaven” – Matthew 5:14,16

When our girls were small, they often avoided going to bed. They did not like to be in the dark, so light helped them go to sleep. We placed night lights in their bedrooms. When we turned out the main light, the small night light illuminated their rooms, bringing a sense of security and peace.

Light is comforting to all of us. We need light in our lives. In this dark world, Jesus is our light. As our source of light, He brings hope and security. However, we should not keep this wonderful light to ourselves. We are to be “night lights” to others.

Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, described our influence as light in the darkness. As the vessel through which God’s light shines, we are to reflect His light. We must reflect the light of Jesus to the world-the light of salvation, eternal life, and hope. This light should continue to shine. So, do not hide this glorious light. We must be a light in every setting-work, school, the grocery store, post office, family gatherings, and with friends.

God places countless people in your path everyday waiting for you to care enough to offer a warm, genuine invitation to church. Recent studies indicate 25% of people who do not attend church have never been invited. People long to have someone tell them about God and His love. Look for opportunities to let your light shine because God has shone His love into your heart. Let us not be selfish with what God have given us.

Ask yourself,

Have I spoken to someone in the last month about what Jesus means to me?

Have I invited someone from work, school, or family to church?

Have I contacted someone in the last month who has been absent from church to express my concern?

Do I pray for opportunities to share Christ with others?

Let your light shine! Someone is waiting for your invitation. We never know if this may be our last opportunity or their last chance to hear the wonderful message of love and forgiveness through Jesus Christ. God is depending on you to be a “night light” to someone. Don’t pass up your “God given opportunity” to share your light.

Until then, let us continue. . . Changing Lives for Eternity! With Love, Pastor Terry & Tina Richardson