Did you catch the Castle of Light this past holiday season? It ran from late November until 9 January, ending this past weekend. Unlike the light shows at the Botanics and elsewhere, one didn’t have to buy a ticket to get a glimpse of the brilliant light display. From anywhere in the city, you could see beams of light being projected out from the Castle in all directions.

Undoubtedly it was quite a spectacle close up within the ramparts, yet I’m drawn to the beauty of the simple fact that it could be enjoyed right across the city. There’s a similarity between this and fireworks in the sense that it attracts attention and awe, but I find these beams of light far less fleeting and much more elegant.
I think this is something like what Jesus would have had in mind when he enabled and implored his people to be the light of the world.

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.”

Jesus called himself the light of the world, but what made him shine? Certainly, it was his words, but not only those; it was also his works. He said, “The works I do in my Father’s name testify about me” (John 10:25). Jesus’s works made what he said about his Father and who he was abundantly clear. His works shone, and they still shine.

Jesus calls us the light of the world, too, but what makes us shine? In the same way it’s not just our words, but the works that we do in his name point to the Lord. Everything we say and do in his name make clear the light of Jesus shining through us.

It’s my personal prayer that this year God would use me as a light (or, a Lenny!) to those round about me. It’s also my prayer that we would experience this as a church family in such a marvellous way that we couldn’t help but conclude it was God at work through us.

We are the light of the world as we point others to Christ, and as a church family we truly can be a lighthouse in our part of the city. Like the Castle of Light installation, let’s pray that God shine his radiance through us to illuminate far and wide, steadfast and faithful, all year round. May our light shine before others to the glory of God.

[from Kenny McCartney, Youth Pastor]

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