Finally, I entered the seminary.
Not as a priest because I am happily married but as a lay servant.
Special thanks to the Erni Couple of our Light Group (LG), Bro. Anton and Sis. Flor.
There were so many challenges along the way but it was God’s plan that prevailed.
We attended the Jesus Encounter (JE) pastoral formation of the Light of Jesus (LOJ) community.
My big take away from the program’s experience of faith and love:
Jesus said that we are “the salt of the earth” and “the light of the world”. Being salt and light is not optional. Jesus did not say you can be…or you have the potential to be…He said you are.
When Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth”, He meant that all of His disciples were to serve as preservatives, stopping the moral decay in our sin infected world.
Christians, as salt, are to inhibit sin’s power to destroy lives. This in turn creates opportunity for the gospel to be proclaimed and received.
As “salt”, the Christian is to counteract the power of sin. As “light” we are to illuminate or make visible. Our lives are to be an on-going witness to the reality of Christ’s presence in our lives. When we worship God with pure hearts, when we love others as ourselves, and when we do good without growing weary, we are lights shining.
The more we look on the face of Jesus, like an impressionist painting, the more light we see and the more we are transfigured by it.
Jesus isn’t telling his disciples to let their light shine, only when they are with each other. No, He is telling them to let their light shine in the dark places.
Jesus is telling His disciples to let their light shine, wherever they are.
Let you light shine as a father.
Let your light shine at your work place.
Let your light shine in your neighborhood.
Don’t withdraw at the workplace.
When the opportunity knocks, don’t be a coward.
Light is worthless if it doesn’t shine.
God has chosen you and me to make a positive difference in the lives of mankind.
Jesus desires that we walk with Him, listen to Him and obey Him that we can be used by Him to bring about eternal change in the lives of others.
It is Jesus Christ, the Light of the world, living inside true Holy Spirit-filled believers Who causes us to shine brightly in a world of darkness!
We are to be salt for the world and light for the world — to the glory of God!
Let us pray.
Father, you are indeed worthy and deserving of a people who are fully committed to you and unafraid to say so. Forgive us for sometimes hiding our commitment to you in order to avoid unpleasantness from unbelievers. Help us to be unashamedly salt and light in your world, until you return with the full uncompromising brilliance of your Coming.
In Jesus’ name, we pray.