last week we had a two-day VBS here at the church building. it was great. we had kids attend from our church family and kids from the community attend.
the theme statement for the VBS was “Shine God’s Light.”
reflecting on these three simple words i was drawn to three profound sources of God’s light mentioned in Scripture.
1. God’s Word – the Bible
2. God’s Son/Word made flesh – Jesus Christ
3. God’s followers – the Church
Psalm 119:105 states, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” the Bible is such a wonderful book/collection of books/writings. we can read the Bible for information; we can read the Bible for transformation. we Christians see so many things differently when it comes to tradition and doctrine and theology. what we can all agree on, though, is the importance of the Bible. the Bible is a source of God’s light.
in John 9 Jesus declares, “I am the light of the world.” and in John 12 says, “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in the darkness.” Jesus is a source of God’s light; the ultimate source of God’s light.
at our best, the Church is a source of God’s light, too. the first three words of this paragraph are the most important: at, our, best. the whole Chick-Fil-A thing in the States: not the Church’s finest moment. the Crusades: ditto. the way we treat each other sometimes: also, not our finest moments. at our best, the Church is a source of God’s light. “You are the light of the world,” Jesus said in Matthew 5. “…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
let your light shine.
Shine God’s light.