The Light that Shines

FROM THE HEART! October 8, 2020

In his book, Inside Out: Christian Hope in a World of Contradictions, Dr. Wayne Bray rightly proclaims that “the only hope for a world turned upside down is a church turned inside out.” But, what if the church turned inside out looks the same as the world turned upside down? What if there seems to be little or no difference between the two? Unfortunately, this may be more common that we would like to think. The local church will often develop an inward attitude rather than an outward focus. We tend to have an inward perspective towards worship, ministry, and dare I say even evangelism or missions. In worship, which must have an upward focus, our inward tendency is to be more concerned about traditions over transformation; preference over proclamation; and social conventions over salvific conversions. In ministry, we spend more time, effort and money on internal projects and events that benefit the church at the detriment to external and outreach projects and events that benefit the community. One would think that evangelism and missions would be safe from this internal focus; however, how often do we fail here because we rely upon our own abilities and resources, rather than trusting God. In Proverbs 3:5-6 we are reminded to “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” It has been said that God equips those who He calls. Let us seek His face and pray for His will and way, then move as God directs us, trusting in His provision. Let us, Florence First Baptist Church, be starkly different from the world.

               


Recently, the Steeple Project was completed and on October 4th at approximately 7:15 PM the church gathered in the grass area in the front of the FBC building for prayer, thanksgiving, and to turn on the light in the steeple. It was a powerfully moving moment, recognizing all the hard work, patience, and financial sacrifices of both church members in the past as well as the present. The steeple light shining is more than an indication that a project has been completed, it is a reminder that Jesus is the Light of the world. It is also an exhortation to the members of FBC that just as the steeple light shines brightly each night for all to see, so too are we as followers of Christ to shine the Light of Jesus everywhere we go. The children’s praise song states it well; “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” Let’s allow the light of Jesus to shine not only from our steeple, but in our hearts and all over Florence.
 
In His Service, for His glory,                                                                                        

Pastor Michael

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