Matthew 5; 14-16
I challenged the kids recently to take hold of this verse and to realize that they may be the only opportunity their friends have to hear about God. If we aren't shining our light and revealing Christ in us, then our friends won't know what we have and what they need.
Everyone in the world is looking for an unconditional love; a love that doesn't judge us for our past, a love that doesn't have expectations of us. Most people will never encounter a love like this. But God offers this love to us and its completely free. It's our responsibility as Christians to show that same love to people.
I gave the kids 5 examples of how we shine our light.
Flashlight Bulb: We only shine in select areas, in dark area where we remember that we can show God who is in us, but usually only in front of certain people.
Nightlight Bulb: We only shine our light in moments of insecurity and fear. We quickly remember oh yeah , God will keep me safe . We only bring God out when we're scared.
Holiday Light Bulb: We only shine our light on holidays; Christmas, Easter, Mothers or Fathers Day. God comes out only on the days that are dedicated to God.
Party Light Bulb: We fire up and shine for God when the next awesome youth event comes up. We get charged up by the parties and fun events at church, but not totally by God.
Everyday Lightbulb: We let our light shine, everyday, all day and in every direction. God is a part of our everyday life and we involve Him in all that we do.
I challenged the kids to aim for being an everyday light; for flipping that switch every single day to let your light shine, to show God who is in you everyday to everyone. It's up to us to show the world what they are missing. So lets remember to let our light shine all day, everyday, and in every direction.