“Do all things without grumbling or questioning, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life…” (Philippians 2:14-16)
While every day seems to bring new calamity, heartaches, and trials, God's people can have peace knowing He reigns and is in control. He even walks with us through all these changes and calls us to stand out in stark contrast to the crooked and twisted way of life around us. The Lord's church in Mason, Ohio will study how we can be "Lights in a Dark World" in 2018. We can shine our lights in every way we are called to by leaning on Him and using the strength He provides. With the proper attitude (no grumbling and confident) and the proper standard (the word of life), we can have full assurance of God’s love and justice in our lives.
See the Light. If we are to be the light of this world, we must understand spiritual light and darkness. God is the source of all truth and goodness, while everything bent against Him deceives and promotes evil. God’s people can shine His light of love, truth and holiness by living according to His will revealed in the gospel.
Live in the Light. Jesus taught that when others see the church’s good works, they would glorify God (Matthew 5:16). The life of a Christian isn’t a private matter, though our integrity is crucial to our relationship with God and others. With the proper motivation and attitude, a follower of Christ’s bold example will honor God.
Lights of Influence. The Father of lights (James 1:17) has blessed us with opportunities and placed us exactly where He wants. Each of us has distinct connections, talents and experiences that allow our lights to shine in unique ways. No matter where we are or what we’re doing, our light can influence dark moments for God’s glory.
Shine in the Darkness. Living as lights in a dark world is a lifelong effort. Sometimes we may feel overwhelmed by the nature of the darkness around us. But with our hearts and minds fixed on God, and our hopes set on an eternity in God’s brilliant presence, we continue to shine knowing the darkness is only momentary in this life.