“I’m loving that sunshine!” I walked into church with those just recently uttered words still ringing in my ears. As I write, it’s almost 70 degrees and the snow is in big, big trouble. Even the ice chunks are surrendering. And we know why. It’s the sun. After that last snow storm, we all wondered. But just to be clear- the sun lives!
For believers it’s the same. The Son lives! The great Easter truth is that Jesus Christ has risen from the dead. After seeing his crucifixion, people wondered. But wonder no more. He is risen indeed. We are still enjoying the loving warmth of our Savior. Those rays change even the darkest places. His light shines.
This month we begin another 3 year pledge appeal, “Let your Light Shine.” In Revelation, John spoke about churches and called them “lampstands.” Lampstands were needed to project light far and wide. That’s what we want (and Jesus wants!) for St. John’s. To be a place where light shines far and wide. So we have some goals. That mortgage has been holding us back for almost 15 years. But it is in big trouble. It is nearly gone. Once it is gone more resources can be focused on efforts that project God’s Word. But in the meantime, we still have to pay the bills – to keep the lights on, if you will. And keeping the lights on is letting our Light shine. So if the Son has given you light, and you are in a position to let your light shine, then consider helping out. Because a match to a mortgage gives off a lot of light!
Let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16