Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
As a kid, one of the joys I had was working on the car with my dad. Well, I did not do much, just handed a few tools and helped hold the light. Actually, I tended to get the wrong wrench and could rarely hold the light in the right place. One of the reasons it was a joy was because I loved how the light made it so easy to see all the interesting parts in the engine and I would get sidetracked. My dad would call out, “I could use a little light here” and then I would swing the beam of light to where my dad was, and more times than not, I would hit my dad in the eye with the beam of light. He would then get out the duck-tape to secure the light and said I could go play. I was happy to help and hoped to brighten his day.
When we do help people and bless people with encouragement, time, assistance, and showing care, it does brighten their day. Studies and articles show that when we help people and do good it reduces stress , makes us feel better, improves mental health, and is contagious. It’s like those old-time sparklers we used play with on the 4th of July. They were difficult to light, but once you had yours lit, it was easy to light another’s. That was part of the fun! See, we all could use a little light here and there.
The Bible does challenge us to spread the light of good works and actually calls us to be a light to our world.
Matthew 5:14-15 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.
Jesus said He was the Light of the World John 8:12 , meaning He is the illuminating truth to live by for life. Jesus’ title as Light of the World is also an example of how we can be this helpful light, because we could use a little light in our world! Jesus spread His light by caring about people.
Matthew 9:36 When He (Jesus) saw the crowds, He had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
That compassion led Jesus to help so many. Who could you help today?
Galatians 6:2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.
In this time of isolation, it could brighten someone’s day to give them a call, drop by a note, pay a “social-distanced-mask-worn” visit, or send a fun gift through the mail. Praying for others and your city is also a way to love your neighbor Matthew 22:39 and spread the light. As well, to find a way to serve your community or church is great too. Yes, it’s difficult in this stay-at-home and socially-distanced time, but not impossible. Get creative and have fun with it. It could be as simple as picking up trash in one of your local parks or streets. Also, getting to know the people we live around helps be a light. Do you know the names and a little about the people you live around? Ask God to give you opportunity and seek to get better acquainted. You could truly brighten someone’s day!
Yes, in this coronavirus crisis and civic unrest we could really use a little light here! Why not be that light in your world? It could even start to spread so much it pushes back the darkness.
Church can be a great place to learn about Jesus, the Light of the World, and how we might follow His example. Many churches now have both in-person and online gatherings. If you don’t already have a church you attend, we would love to invite you to attend Neighborhood Church either in-person or online. Our webpage has information on how to connect with us. Also, here is the link to our live-streaming services (live.neighborhoodchurch.com) As well, if you would like to view any of our past worship gatherings visit our YouTube channel.