Last night while my daughter was running through the house with her new Toy Story flashlight, she would periodically exclaim “It’s broken!” As it turns out, there was nothing wrong with the little contraption itself, and when we took it into a darker area of the house, the face of Buzz Lightyear shone brightly against the walls and ceiling. The problem was when she moved into areas of the house that were already well lit.
It got me thinking about the mission of the church. True, we must look internally and develop strong systems of discipleship and care for the body, but Jesus made it clear that we should take our light and shine it in the darkness.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16, NIV)
It is imperative that we allow our individual lights shine, and not just in places where there is already gobs of light. We need to let our light shine in this dark world where those who are in darkness, can see that magnificent light (Isa 9:2 & 1 Pet 2:9). Let me encourage you to get out there and shine your light. Don’t worry about what people may think or say, and don’t be so caught up in the possible outcomes that you get stuck in the “paralysis of analysis.” As Nike so boldly proclaims, “Just Do It,” and watch what God will do through your light!!!