Is your Light Shining?
Being the Hands and Feet of Jesus.
As I further reflect on the tragedy at Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I am shocked and saddened at what happened. Sadly, I’m not surprised by the act, as I know all too well what evil in the hearts of men can do, but I am deeply moved by the loss I feel and the loss I’m sure is felt by those that knew the victims. I’m also deeply sad that a man, through the influences of his life, decided this was the right thing to do. I know most don’t consider the shooter a victim in this case, but I do.
I am left wondering what I can do in a situation like this. Already people are doing wonderful things like giving blood or showing support on social media. But I think we can do more. As the Pastor of Compassionate Outreach here at JesusChurch, I want to empower you to do exactly that.
One of the founding values of our church is that we do small things with great love. We all get that little feeling; knowing we should do something. If you don’t, ask God for it! But I think you know what I’m talking about. I want to exhort you to do it! If you have a friend or family member who is a part of the LGBT community, hug them a little tighter this week. Give them a call or send them a note telling them they matter to you. If you have friends, neighbors or coworkers who are Muslim, show them you are concerned for their welfare and safety. Again, show them they matter to you.
If you have contacts, friends or family in Orlando, reach out! Ask them if they need anything or if they know of ministries in the area that need help. Share those needs with us and with each other. But above all, act! Hashtags and social media activism are not enough. Platitudes mean very little. Actions speak louder than words. Let’s be Christians who act in times of crisis. Follow the little voice inside you – the Holy Spirit at work in you! Then share with us, so that we may join with you in the work and rejoicing in what God is doing through us!
“For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.” 2 Corinthians 4:6-12
Time to let your light shine!