Friday, April 4, 2014
Shine a little ...
Take, for instance, Jesus teaching us that we are the light of the world. Wow! That sounds monumental! Here's what He said ...
"You are the light of the world --- like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father," Matthew 5:14-16.
How do we wrap our minds around something so important as being the light of world? What does that look like? Sometimes, it can look a lot like this story ...
A well-known Bible teacher had just finished speaking to a large class of business people on the Christian responsibility to be light in the world. He had emphasized that as believers we all have the obligation to reflect the light of Christ in the world.
After the class, a man who had been listening came up to the Bible teacher and shared an experience he had at home that had impressed upon him the same truth. He said in the darkest corner of his basement he discovered some potatoes had sprouted and were growing. At first, he couldn't figure out how they had gotten enough light to sprout and grow. Then he noticed hanging from the ceiling near the basement window was a brightly-polished, shiny copper kettle that was in the perfect position to reflect the sun's rays onto the potatoes there in the darkest corner of the room.
The man concluded, "When I saw that, I thought I may not be a preacher or a teacher with the skills to expound on scripture, but at least I can be a copper kettle catching the rays of the Son and reflect His light to someone."
We can do the same thing.
Go shine a little!