Let your light shine
March 24, 2012
Daylight saving time began March 11. The purpose of this time change is to give us more time in the light to enjoy during the spring, summer and fall seasons. For followers of Jesus Christ, there is a double meaning in the light; the light in this case refers to daylight saving, but it also refers to the light that we give to this dark world. Jesus speaks of this light in the book of Matthew in the Bible.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16, ESV). The many Christian churches here in the Carson Valley are a testimony to the light of Christ that shines through the fellowship of believers to everyone in our community. The Lord’s promise is that through the Bible we receive the Holy Spirit and through that Spirit we are brought into His kingdom. I praise the churches of our Valley for their concern and love for everyone in our Valley.
There is an old legend that two men for week after week watched a lighthouse being built. They understood that the lighthouse had something to do with the ocean and the fog. When the lighthouse was finally finished they came to see the grand opening of the facility. The lighthouse shined its bright light for everyone to see and it also sounded the loud fog horn and rang its bell. These sites and sounds continued as evening approached. The fog gradually formed around the lighthouse and the two men were surprised. One of the men said to the other, “Light shine, horn blow, bell ring but fog came in the same.”
Even though we let our light shine before others, sometimes our churches are a little like that lighthouse. We have the light of Christ with our horn sounding and our bell ringing but the fog of evil envelops us just the same. In other words, we are not perfect. But the wonderful thing about being a follower of Jesus Christ is that we are forgiven of all the wrong things that we do and Jesus continues to shine His light through us to others.
I pray that in the month of March as we receive more daylight that we also through the light of Christ keep away the fog of evil and that our light shines clearly to everyone.
Pastor Jim Beilstein of Trinity Lutheran Church is a member of Carson Valley Ministers’ Association.