From Pastor’s Desk: 3-10-13
“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. – Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV)
How do you view your identity as a follower of Christ? Is it as a good church goer? Or reading your bible everyday? Jesus goes past all of that and calls us the light of the world. Do we see ourselves as a force that illuminates all that is around us? Notice that the light is based upon a life that is lived for those around us to see. True spirituality is not based upon religious observance, but upon bringing the reality of God to the places that need to know that God cares for the world. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
“Just doin’ my own thing.” Ever heard that? In my years of working with youth, I encountered that many times. They couldn’t understand why they had to be concerned with what others thought of them. They had not yet realized the impact their lives could have on someone else. I counseled them in this manner: We should be concerned with what other people think of us, while at the same time live as if every eye in the world is upon us. That may seem to be a contradictory statement, but I challenge you to give it some consideration before dismissing it. As I tried to get them to see, we don’t need to try to an example, we are. We don’t need to try to be an influence, we are. We are either a good example or a bad one. We are a good influence or a bad one. We are a light, maybe just not shining as brightly as we should!