You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a basket. Instead, they put it on top of a lampstand, and it shines on all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before people, so they can see the good things you do and praise your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16
First of all, I must wish a very happy birthday to Scout Labradoodle. That’s right, friends, Scout has made it to thirteen. She may be a teenager in real time but in breed-specific dog years she is well over 90. Happy, happy, happy birthday to you.
If it is Scoutie’s birthday then it must be May 4. I understand most people are tired of the relentless “May the Fourth be with you” jokes but I can’t get enough of the meme that then adds, “And also with you.” Of course, it helps to be familiar with a church leader saying, “May peace be with you,” and the congregation following with the expected response.
But it does serve to invite me to think about “The Force,” and how, collectively, we all contribute to the balance between light and darkness.
The good news is that it’s not a fair fight. This world could lean markedly toward the darkness in terms of the sheer volume of people who have given in to manipulation, and lies, and hate, and bitterness, and selfishness, and compromise, and cynicism, and disillusionment, and more (and I believe it has of late)… but all it takes is the application of light, both personally and collectively – some deliberate shining – and the darkness doesn’t stand a chance.
Let it Shine:
What is important, though, is to heed the words of Jesus when he reminded us that a light is supposed to be placed where it can be seen. Not hidden under a basket, not muted, but out in the open. Not necessarily judging the darkness or pointing fingers, but simply shining. You see light doesn’t have to argue its case it just needs to shine.
Light doesn’t have to argue its case it just needs to shine.
I get really excited when all these pinpoints of light gather together to recharge, to draw strength and inspiration from God and to find encouragement in each other.
- My Saturday morning Iron Sharpens Iron men’s Bible study;
- My Sunday morning Practical Christianity class;
- Sunday morning worship;
- Wednesday evenings;
- Every morning of every day when Rebekah and I begin with devotion and prayer…
Not just pinpricks of light anymore but some real daylight, not just a spark but a star, not just a personal faith but a church, not just a bunch of people but the living Body of Christ.
“Look out! Those Presbyterians on Capital Boulevard have gone super-nova.”
May the Light of God fill you; May the Light of Christ shine through you; May the fire of the Spirit consume you; May the church you attend saturate your community with God’s Light.
Amen – DEREK
Derek has published seven books in the past decade (you can find them at https://www.amazon.com/Derek-Maul/e/B001JS9WC4), and there’s always something new in the works.
Before becoming a full-time writer, Derek taught public school in Florida for eighteen years, including cutting-edge work with autistic children. He holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and education from Stetson University and the University of West Florida.
Derek is active in teaching at his church: adult Sunday school, and a men’s Bible study/spiritual formation group. He enjoys the outdoors, traveling, photography, reading, cooking, playing guitar, and golf.