2 Corinthians 4:4 -6
The Church of Jesus Christ has been called to shine the light of the Gospel. Not long ago i heard a statement and I believe it to be true, it is the following “The Church for far to long has been known for what it stands against, But the time has come for the Church to be known for what it stands for”. After meditating on that for a moment and observing much that goes on among believers and many churches i realized it to be not only a true statement but Biblical. From the very beginning in the book of Genesis God came against darkness and disorder by proclaiming light, when light came things began to come into order. Over 2 thousand years ago humanity was destined to be forever separated from God because of not recovering from the fall, yet God sent His only begotten son Jesus to shine as the light of the world to give humanity an answer as to how to get out of the utter darkness it was in.
The light was turned on through the man Christ Jesus, John 3:19, John 8:12. We have been called to turn the light on. This world is surrounded with darkness, evil and sin, yet we are not to preach darkness, evil and even sin, that is not our primary business, we are called to turn on the light, give people hope and a way out of what they are in and struggling with. There is no use telling someone with sin, stop sinning, you are an evil person etc, it is much better to tell them that Jesus came so that they would not have to be bound by sin and then teach them through the word how to do it. This is turning the light on. So much of today’s Gospel message whether from the pulpit or one on one, is similar to some one walking into a building and the lights are of, and that same person yelling “It is dark in this place”, and magnifying the Darkness even more, when all they need to do is to turn the light switch on and the darkness will go. Beloved you and i who have participated and enjoyed the light of Jesus and His word have been given a great ministry , which is to go about where there is darkness and simply turn the light on. How? Speak about the Good news of Jesus and His word, and then we know that He is powerful enough to change peoples lives, just as He did yours and mine. This week Turn the light on for somebody. Amen
Pastor Esteban San Martin