Josh Wilson – Glendale Student Pastor

I am so excited for summer to get here! I know you don’t hear that much from people in Phoenix, but I genuinely cannot wait for summer to arrive. First, because I don’t mind the heat (I mean there’s pools everywhere to jump in to), but mainly because I love how the sun shines from early in the morning till late at night. There’s nothing like waking up at 6am with the suns rays beaming through your curtains, filling your whole room and having the opportunity to watch it set with my lovely wife by my side. I think I like the sunlight so much because right now when I wake up at 6am I feel like I’m missing a piece of joy that only the sun can bring.

You may be wondering why I’m talking about the sun so much, it’s because I was thinking about the sun this morning, wishing the morning could be brighter, and couldn’t help but remember Jesus’ sermon on the mount and his reference to light. He says in Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 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. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven”

I think this verse so perfectly fits the way I feel about the sun because I love when it brings light. I love not having to trip over things in the dark, or having to panic when I realize I forgot to turn the lights in my car on, or even not having to set an alarm because I know the light will wake me up. Sunlight truly brings joy to my life and I can’t wait for more of it. As I think about that I can’t help but realize that this is the same way the world should look at us as Christians. We should be people that bring joy when we are around, we should bring smiles to people’s faces, and always be people that look to help those who are hurting or in need. We should live in a way that people can’t help but want to be around us because we shine light into to their life.

The only problem with that is that it’s hard to be a light. It’s hard to sacrifice our time, comfort, or schedule for the sake of loving others. But Jesus reminds us, even commands us, that we must not hide our light, but instead let it shine so that people may see that our lives have been changed, that we have a hope and joy, all for the goal of them praising our father in heaven.

So next time you see the sunset, see it rise, or even get blinded by a stray ray of light, just remember to live your life in the same way. That is, be a person that cannot help but make in difference in the lives of everyone you come into contact with.

Shining Your Light

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