This past Sunday evening, I had the opportunity to teach and lead discussion during our PM service at Church. Picking up on the morning message from the letter to the Ephesian church in Revelation 2 and the Ephesians apparent departure from their first love (i.e. love for the lost), I decided to try asking and answering the following question –
Why don’t we let our light shine as Matthew 5:14-16 commands us?
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ were gracious to not let the room fall silent and engaged in a lively time of sharing and encouraging one another. Just in case my question didn’t bring a response and I could only hear the lonely January cricket chirping from underneath the sound booth, I came prepared with the following outlined thoughts –
- We don’t have light to shine (Eph 5:8)
- We forget about the darkness (Eph 2:11-12)
- We love the world (James 4:4 and 1 John 2:15)
But what ways do we love the world? Again, the interaction was great. The room was filled with wisdom from on high. I could have listened to the body’s thoughts all night. The only three points I had brought to the table were:
- We love popularity (But what of Matthew 10:22?)
- We love comfort (But what of 2 Timothy 3:12?)
- We love safety (But what of 2 Corinthians 11:26?)
I write all this to point you somewhere else. As is typical, I read something this morning that captures EXACTLY what I was trying to say about the pull on our hearts toward popularity, comfort and safety. It was written by a Presbyterian Pastor named Brian Carpenter in South Dakota. I’ve only been through SD once in my life, but if I ever go back I’m staying with Brian and his family. He doesn’t know this yet, but gathering from how he writes, I don’t think he’ll mind. 🙂
His article is called Mortal’s Greatest Enemy and it’s excellent. Heartfelt, personal and instructive. I commend it to you.