Beginning his third and final part in the series, “Light Up The World”, based on our memory verse of the year, 2Corinthians 4:6, Pastor Phyl speaks on the light of the world, which is us. Beginning his sermon, he refers us to a book by Mark Sanborn, titled, “The Fred Factor”. In this book, Mark Sanborn talks about his postal carrier, and the way in which this ordinary looking man, went on to do simple things to help. His attitude to customer service stretched far beyond the normal boundaries. Mark Sanborn encourages us, in his book, to be more like Fred. Pastor Phyl challenges this in his sermon and encouraged us to be a little more like Jesus.
Speaking from his text for today, taken from Matthew 5:14-16,
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Pastor Phyl used the illustration of the lamp under a bowl to show us that we need to use our gifts for the purpose of glorifying God. He gives us a light, and it is our duty as followers of Christ, to shine that light out into the world.
In the nineties, the slogan “What Would Jesus Do” became popular. The truth is that now, we don’t need to think this, but instead, should prompt ourselves to BLJ (Be Like Jesus). We don’t need to wonder what He would do, because He lives in our hearts. We do not need to live a life of strict “Religion”, we simply need to be like Him, “doing good” and helping people just as we are told Jesus did in Acts 10:34-48.
Lighting the lamp, Pastor Phyl spoke of how ridiculous it would be to then put a bowl over it, blotting out almost all of the light. The truth is that God wants us to be in relationship with Him, and we will then have no choice but to let our light shine. Pastor Phyl used text from James 2:14-26, to show us how we may do this. The truth is that we can let our light shine in such seemingly small insignificant things. The only thing we need really do is love on people, and if we do this, then our light will have no choice but to shine out.
We must accept everyone. We are all part of a family tree of believers and letting our light shine in the same way Jesus did, simply involves going around, doing good, just as Jesus did in Acts. We should “be a nice human”, treating others as we would wish to be treated ourselves.
One way in which we can let our light shine is to live a good life. We must live out the Ten Commandments, and the fruits of the spirit, which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
We are called to use our gifts to serve. God has given us all individual gifts for a purpose, and it is up to us to use them for the furthering of His Kingdom. We must “BE SALT AND LIGHT”. When you are in a position to do good, do it! Do not withhold your light from others, because when you do, you withhold your light from God, too.
Never underestimate the power that’s in the light. The light is powered by God, and if you let your light shine, then God will do amazing things.
Bibliography: “The Fred Factor” Mark Sanborn
Scriptures: 2Corinthians 4:6, Matthew 5:14-16, Acts 10:34-48, Philippians 2:5, James 2:14-26, Galatians 5:19-26, Proverbs 3:27-28, James 4:17.