The good news is luminous, and that is why we have been purposed to shine

Turn your eyes upon Jesus;
Look full in his wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of his glory and grace.

Helen Howarth Lemmel (1922)
– Rebekah preaching at WFPC

Sometimes I find a photograph that speaks volumes, and I just have to build a post around it.

I was scrolling through some blogs from a couple of years ago, looking for something entirely unrelated to church, when this image of Rebekah just grabbed me.

She is preaching, at WFPC, during the contemporary praise service, downstairs in the Christian Life Center. I don’t know what the sermon was about (well, I do, because obviously if it was Rebekah then it was about Jesus…!) but what grabbed me was the light. I don’t use flash so the light isn’t projected on, it’s being projected out.

Rebekah may be retired in terms of her service as a senior pastor leading a large Presbyterian church, but the luminosity is still very much there. And the light tells an important story – reveals an important truth – about God, and what God intends to accomplish through the lives of people who follow Jesus.

We have, in simplest terms, been purposed to shine.

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus:

But we’re more like the moon than we are the sun, because the light we offer is the light we are saturated in ourselves. And we don’t shine – we can’t shine – unless we have first rested in the light.

Not our light, but God’s light. Not a reflection on who we are or what we have, but who we serve. Not “look at me,” but “look at who I follow…” Turn your eyes in the direction of Jesus.

For of his fullness have we all received,” John writes in verse 16 of his amazing opening to the gospel account, “grace upon grace.”

– North Carolina writer Derek Maul

God’s fullness is light. Jesus is the purest expression of that light. Grace upon grace shinning in and through us. How we in turn shine is one of the critically important ways God extends that grace to this world.

This morning it is another Sunday. Rebekah and I will be headed to church, to stand in the light of his glory and grace.

“Turn your eyes upon Jesus; look full in his wonderful face. And the things of Earth will look strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace.”


One comment

  1. Thank you, Derek, Light reflects Light and Darkness the same, Rebekah surely is light and reflects the same. Although she is sorely missed we are making advancements in finding her successor (NOT Replacement) Rev. Rob had a very insightful sermon this morning as to we are all Saints even though we fall short of perfection.


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