Light is radically different than the darkness around it. The Bible calls the world we struggle against and live in “this dark world” NIV or “this present darkness” ESV. Either way we get the picture that there is a definite distinction between Christians and the world in which they live as light against the darkness (Php 2:15).   For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (Eph 5:8). Jesus, who is “The Light of the World” (John 8:12), calls us to be like Him in this world. This means we are to be radically different than the world around us. Our world is selfish, but we are selfless. Our world is self absorbed and self-serving, but we have a genuine interest in the welfare of others in our service to them (Php 2:20). Jesus gave us the right to become children of God (John 1:12) for a reason; He wants to show the world what His Father is like!

                You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven (Matt 5:14-16 NIV).

            There is a tremendous opportunity this Sunday for each one of us to serve the God we worship by serving the people of Merkel in their time of need. Generosity and service are characteristics of our God and His Son Jesus Christ (1 Jn 3:16; Mark 10:45). Please do what you can to bring praise to God this Sunday (Matt 5:16).

                                                                        Peace in Him,

                        Jay Don

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