We have many things to be thankful for. Just take a look around and your list should be too numerous to count. For me, this week ushers in the Advent season. It is a choice to be thankful in the midst of a dark world around us. But I choose to see the light and be the light. For Matthew 5:16 says, “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
When this verse says, “In the same way,” what is it referring to? That is a good question. Let’s visit the verses prior to this verse and see what it says.
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house."
We are to be salt and light in a dark world. I know you could choose to focus on all the things that are wrong in the world or even disrupting your peace of mind right now. But you could also choose to trust the Lord with those things and not let it become a weight that you carry from house to house. I love the way that verse 15 ends. It says, “it gives light to everyone in the house.” So let’s talk turkey.
What are you serving or eating on Thanksgiving? I know some families that try to be creative or rebellious and serve anything but turkey on Thanksgiving Day. I have an idea. How about serving, “Light” to everyone in the house? Now that may not get you out of cooking or taking a dish to your family get-together but I know one thing, everyone will see God if you serve up the Light of Christ. Take the time to share your story of how Jesus continues to bring Light into your life. Don’t let the preparation for the meal get in the way of what God wants to do in the house. God comes and exposes the darkness so that we may see the path that leads to His righteous ways. It will be a good lead into the Advent Season that is starting this weekend.
Speaking of Advent, I am looking forward to experiencing Advent with my church family this season. I will be preaching about the “Unexpected” things that the Lord does to fulfill His promises this Christmas. He goes to whatever lengths He needs to in order to show us the purpose of His birth and ultimately His death and resurrection. Come and bring someone to experience Advent here at FFCN.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene