Let your light shine!
Dear Members and Friends,
I trust you are doing well and looking forward to our service this coming Lord's Day!
The most compelling way to demonstrate the gospel in our community is to be a man or woman of integrity. In an unbelieving culture, known for its lying, stealing, cheating, violating contracts, fudging on expense accounts and much more, Christians are to behave decidedly different.
Warren Wiersbe illustrated this commitment to the importance of integrity and honesty when he retold an event that took place in New York. The year was 1805, and a number of Indian chiefs and warriors met in council at Buffalo Creek, New York, to hear a gospel message delivered by a Mr. Cram from the Boston Missionary Society. After the sermon was over, a response was delivered to the missionaries by Red Jacket, one of the leading chiefs. He said, "We are told that you have been preaching to the white people in this same town. These people are our neighbors. We are acquainted with them all. We will wait a little while and see what effect your preaching has upon them. If we find it does them good, makes them honest and less likely to cheat Indians, we will then consider again what you have said."
What difference is the gospel making on your behavior? Jesus said it in these simple words, "...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 5:16).
In the light of His glory and grace,