By: Walter Lofton
October 9, 2013
A few days ago I attended a Ministers Convention for all our churches in our region of Virginia and West Virginia. One of the Moderator’s comments sparked an inspiration in me by reminding me of something at our local church. Our security light burns all the time, day and night. I have been planning on getting it repaired but just kept putting it off. The Moderator was speaking of how the Church should be a light to those around us and immediately my mind went to our faulty security light which burns all the time. Spiritually speaking, our spiritual light should shine at all times to the world around us.
By spiritual light, I mean the witness of our lives as we live the Word of God in our daily activities. The light is the inspiration or revelation of the Word and Spirit of God within us. One example of this light is our Christian love. Jesus said: “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another” (John 13:35). The verse above this one says that love is a new commandment to His disciples. By living out this commandment we show the love of Christ to those around us. That is what we call letting our light shine as He commanded us in Matthew 5:16: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
When speaking to the nucleus of the infant church which began with the calling out and organizing of His disciples (see Mark 3:13-19), Jesus said: “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid” (Matt. 5:14).
It is understood without controversy that if Christ called us to be lights that we should shine constantly. I wander, could God have let our security light malfunction to teach us a spiritual lesson? Who knows? At any rate, it is a good comparison.
As Christians and faithful Church members we are too shine forth to the world around us without wavering. When addressing the subject of letting our light shine Jesus said: “Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house” (Matt. 5:15).
The Apostle Paul addressed the aspect of Christian lights in Philippians 2:14, 15: “Do all things without murmurings and disputings: That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
The Motel 6 motel chain has an advertising slogan, “We’ll leave the light on for you.” Theoretically you will always find a welcome light to greet you at Motel 6.
That’s the way it is with The Church of God. We will leave the light of God’s Word on for you. You will always find a refuge from the ravages of sin and the trials of life in the glorious light of God’s Word shining forth through the people that make up His glorious Church. Light soothes the soul. Light brings comfort. Light means security. We invite you to come and experience His comforting light with us. The Church of God is located just off Prenter Road near Seth.