You are the light of the world–like a city on a mountain, glowing in the
night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on
a stand and let it shine for all. (Matthew 5.14, 15)
Jesus is talking here to a ragtag bunch of Israelis on a rural setting somewhere, on a grassy hill.
No one really important or influential is there. Just ordinary people, captivated by what Jesus is saying.
How on earth are these folk going to ‘be a light to The World?”
Well there is nothing on earth, much, that is going to help them.
At Bedford we have some great programs in place, really effective, in the sense a bunch of people from the community come and appreciate them.
But we are struggling, although we have had some effectiveness, with seeing how on earth we are going to lead these people to a fulfilling, joyful life found in Jesus.
Well the truth is we aint going to be able to do this, no more than we didn’t do much at all to get them along in the first place, that was God.
Moving them along, helping them on their spiritual journey, well that’s going to have to be God as well, because quite frankly I dont know how, I dont have the answers. I certainly dont have the strength or power.
But as I spent some time with some mates praying this morning, gee it felt powerful, gee it felt strong. The X Factor was amongst us, the unexplainable power that comes from God.
We will see some people come to know a ‘good’ life, a great joyful life. Because we have asked God to help us.