“You are the light of the world… Let your light shine before others that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” (Jesus)
Starting June 4, several hundred Christians will spend a week letting their lights shine in our community. Many of you will help in one way or another with Wichita WorkCamp, and your lights will be on full display “serving God by serving others.”
What did Jesus mean when he told you to let your light shine?
As a Christian, the Holy Spirit of God lives in you. And if you let the Spirit guide you in your daily walk, you actually won’t be able to hide his light as it shines out of you. As Paul said in Galatians 5:16, “Walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” Then later, starting in verse 22, he lists the different ways you will glow because the Spirit’s light is reflected off you.
We call these different ways of glowing the fruit of the Spirit, but we could also think of them as individual rays of his light. If the Spirit is living in you, if you’re walking with his guidance, you’ll reflect his rays of love, you’ll sparkle with joy, you’ll glow with peace, you’ll be a beacon of patience in an impatient world, you’ll show kindness, your goodness will shine like a search light, you’ll be a steady beam of faithfulness, you’ll radiate gentleness, and your self-control will be an annoying light to those around you who give in to their sinful desires.
I’m sure we’ll see a lot of lights shining this week all over the city of Wichita. Whether you’re on a ladder painting someone’s house, in the church kitchen making meals for hundreds of hungry teens, or anywhere else where you might bump into another human, don’t forget to let your light shine!
Here are some pictures of Northside members letting their lights shine in our community through Wichita WorkCamp and other ministries?