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You are the light of the world

You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven. Matthew 5: 14-16

You are the light of the world. You, a member of Riverwood. You—teacher, delivery person, retired, disabled, professional, blue collar, white collar, mom, dad, son, daughter (have I given you the picture that it is everyone?). You are the light of the world. God’s plan was to show His light through you. He works His plan, His Spirit, through you.

No one puts their lamp under a basket. Think about this phrase. They didn’t have flash lights in Jesus’ time. They used a real flame. What would happen if you put a flame under a basket? It would go out. We are His workmanship, created to do the good works His has prepared ahead of time for us to walk in them. YOU are the light of the world. But, don’t get a big head. It’s Jesus living in you that makes you a light. Otherwise we are just like everyone else. That is what makes us different. When we forget this, we are just like everyone else. There is nothing special about us. But, when we are pursuing Jesus, when we have a passion for our relationship with Jesus, when we are completely and totally in love with Jesus… we are different (IN A GOOD WAY). We are very different. We have what the world is longing for (Jesus). We have the answer in our hearts.

It’s August. It’s harvesting time. What about in your life? Is it harvesting time? Who are the seeds that you planted for His Kingdom? It’s time to harvest. What does that look like? Invite them to church. Invite them to Jesus. Invite them to the events that we do as believers in Jesus. Encourage them to come see what the body of Christ is really like. I encourage you; get involved with your friends, family, and acquaintances for His Kingdom. Don’t push it on them, but listen for an opportunity to present Jesus to them. When His time is right, they will be ready. Are you, light of the world?

In His Service, Pastor Todd