Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Live Like a Light Bulb!

Quick question. Have you flipped on a light switch today? You probably did, but you didn't even think about doing it. Another question. Why did you turn that light on? Did you turn it on so you could see the light bulb? Did you hit the switch and say, "Hey, there's that light bulb. I've been looking all over for it."? Or did you turn it on and say "I think I'll sit back and watch some light bulb for a while"? No, of course you didn't. That's because the purpose of the light bulb is not to shine a light upon itself.

Guess what, as Christians we are called to be like light bulbs. God puts gifts, talents, abilities, skills, and knowledge in all of us. And those things create a light that shines bright and others will notice. But not for the sake of drawing attention to ourselves. No, of course not. Like a bulb, we're to shine our lights so that others who don't know God may see God.

Since there's been Christianity, there have been Christians using their gifts to become spiritual super stars. Yet Jesus Christ, the Bright and Morning Star Himself, never made an attempt to take credit or gain acclaim. In fact He did the opposite. He concealed His glory, and took the seat of a servant. And He did it all so that others could see God in Him and around Him. He said in John 17:1 "...God glorify your son so that he can give glory back to you." And then in Matthew 5:16 He tells us "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven."

Brothers and sisters, we are living in a dark world that's growing darker by the minute. And those who are lost don't need to find us. They need to find Jesus. So every time you hit a switch, let that light bulb be a reminder that when you let our light shine, let it be the Savior that others see.

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