I’ve had this post on my heart for about a month. I’ve gone back and forth on how and when to share it but just hadn’t gotten to it. The past two weeks it had been on my mind constantly but I just couldn’t figure out a time to sit down and put the words together. I feel like now more than ever this is a message we need!
About two months ago a song came on the radio as I was driving home, and it hit me right in my heart. It was a song on the local radio station, and was a new artist I hadn’t heard of before. It wasn’t a Christian song and it wasn’t on a Christian radio station but boy did it share the heart of the Lord in a real and raw way that really made me stop and think. It made me check myself and my heart. The song I’m talking about is called “Leave a light on” by Tom Walker. I’m going to link the video for the song with lyrics here, please take a listen before you read on.
Leave a Light On
I realize that this specific song is speaking directly into the drug issue in our culture (which is a big deal right now and I’m so thankful there’s a song out there right now speaking to that!) but let’s step back and look at it from a position of being a Christian. This speaks exactly to the heart of what God calls us to be in this world!
God calls us to be a light into the darkness of hopelessness around us.
“”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
What does it mean to be a light though? Are your actions to those you see on a daily basis portraying love, and kindness? Do you feel empathy to the struggles and tough times they share with you? Or is your first thought frustration and impatience with having to deal with people who think and behave differently than you might? People who may not have it all figured out like you feel like you do. Do you judge them for being in situations that you cannot even comprehend being in yourself? Or is your first thought to ask what you can do to help and begin to pray for their situation?
The church is called to be a light to the world around it, to the community around it. To me that means it should be like a lighthouse. Drawing in the lost and giving them a warm and loving Port to be their safe haven.
That is not how the church is being seen today, and to be honest, too often then not, that is not how people within the church are acting.
“if you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday.”
Isaiah 58:10 ESV
“For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home. I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ “Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’”
Matthew 25:35-40 NLT
Have you checked yourself recently? I think it’s something that we should be doing daily. Checking in with God and searching our hearts and making sure that our light, His light, is on and shining out into the world as a lighthouse. Check in with those who are struggling, tell them that they are loved, that you’re there and your praying for them. Sincerely reach out in love to those around you and love with your actions first then offer your thoughts and prayers!
The world is so bogged down with hopelessness today. It’s more common nowadays to be judged for the struggle you’re going through then to be offered a helping hand.
But you know what the beautiful thing about light is? You only need a little bit to pierce the darkness! You don’t need to go start a non-profit outreach to help and show the love of God. Start small by just being a good human. Help whenever the opportunity arises in your everyday life. Look for ways to bless the people that you bump into in your everyday life. Show genuine kindness to the strangers you meet. Pray for God to open doors for new ways for you to help, and love, and care for the world around you! And maybe, just maybe, He will provide a way for you to actually start a non-profit, or some sort of big impacting thing, that will be a light house in the way that your specific community needs.
My prayer, and my hope for my fellow believers is that we will be that light house. Will you leave the light on?
“The Word gave life to everything that was created, and his life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.”
John 1:4-5 NLT