An amazing light to behold

With great anticipation people all over the country bought glasses and watched as the moon passed in front of the sun this week during the total solar eclipse. What an amazing sight to behold. Seeing creation at work. Wondering with anticipation what this phenomenon would be like. I am sure many science teachers were having an absolute blast with this experience.

It is amazing to witness something so awesome and incredible as the Lord’s workmanship shows off. Matthew 5:14-16 says: 14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.

If we live for Christ, we will shine like a city on a hill, showing others what Jesus is like. We hide our light, the way the moon blocked out the sun for a few hours on Monday, by;

1. Being quite when we should speak. There is time for us to be quite and listen, James 1:22, however as the church we have to be ready and willing to speak life and Love to people the way Jesus did. If God is moving you to say something, then say it. Lovingly and respectfully.

2. Going along with the crowd. Romans 12:2 Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect

3. Denying our light. Like the kids song says. This little light of mine I’m gonna let it shine. Hide it under and bushel, NO, I’m gonna let it shine. Don’t hide the light, put it out there for all to see.

4. Letting sin dim our light. Romans 3:23 For all sin and fall short of God’s glory. We have to face it, we are not perfect, but we Love and serve a perfect savior. Allow God to help transform you, and help you make your light shine bright for him. Get rid of the old sinful ways.

The real question for us all, in the days we are living is this. Are you letting your light shine for all the world to see? With all the recent events and build up of things happening around our world, evil is trying to eclipse the light. The church has to be standing, shining our light, the light. For all to see.

The light of the sun, while it is powerful enough to blind someone, doesn’t even compare to the light of the SON. As it says in Revelation 21:23-24 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. 24 The nations will walk in its light, and the kings of the world will enter the city in all their glory.

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By Pastor Joe Rhonemus

Pastor Joe Rhonemus invites others to worship at Resurrection Crossing, visit Facebook @ResurrectionCrossing, 552 Country Club drive. He is a guest columnist.