Director of Missions
Let Your Light So Shine
In a vacant lot not far from the Associational office stands a tall ominous looking feature that at first glance resembles a large pine tree. Yet, on further inspection, you will notice that this is no way a large pine tree. Rather, it is a cellular tower that has been poorly disguised as an oversized pine tree. The tower/pine tree stands virtually 50 to 60 feet taller than the surrounding trees. Its fake branches extend outward awkwardly, like the branches on a fake Christmas tree that have to be bent into the proper shape. The awkward monstrosity stands unmoved by the wind. Its ridged frame is like a great mast on a ship. When it was first installed there was a murmur that went through the surrounding community. Many laughed and scoffed at the strange phenomena of a tower seeking to pass itself off as a tree. I think those that installed it hoped it would have just the opposite effect. They probably hoped that the tower’s appearance would cause it to blend in with its environment seamlessly. In the initial days of its installation that was not the case, but over time, people got used to the view of the tower tree that dominated the skyline. It became commonplace, and many drove by it without so much as a glance or notice.
As I thought about that phenomenon, I couldn’t help but draw the analogy between that and the average Christian. It seems that many believers are afraid to stand out and live out their faith in the community. The Scripture makes it clear that we are to stand out so that others might see Christ in us. Matthew 5:14-16 bears this out, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Too often, believers disguise themselves like the tower tree. They put on a fake fascade and hope no one will notice what they truly are in Christ. We hope to just blend in and not to stir the waters. Yet, anyone who has been transformed by the grace of the Almighty is a new creation. You are now a light-bearer for the Most High God. You are His emissary, an Ambassador for the King of Glory. SHINE! you who have been brought from death to life. SHINE! you who have tasted of the new wine of salvation. Be unashamed of the Gospel and the new life which you possess. Dispel the darkness around you by shining the eternal light of Christ wherever you may go. Shine! Shine! Shine!
Serving the King Together,