Dear Tabernacle Family,
Because of your generous, sacrificial giving, we are well on our way to achieving the goals of our “Let There Be Light” initiative. By God’s grace, we will also fulfill our individual roles of being shining lights of God’s love to our region, nation and the nations of the world. As a way of encouraging us toward this end, Jesus instructed His first disciples, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven” (Matt. 5:16).
I’m sure you would agree that it is impossible to exaggerate the depths of darkness that engulf our present world. Sadly, but as God surely foresaw, the sin of man runs rampant in the earth, bringing multiplied heartaches and heartbreaks to every home, family and life. No one stands outside the shadow that sin has brought upon God’s creation.
Yet, it is into this world that God sends us as His luminaries. We are sent to proclaim God’s light to a world engulfed in darkness. Believers in Jesus are not called to hide from this darkened culture or cower in our church buildings and shine our lights in each other’s eyes. Instead, Jesus commissioned us to, “go into all the world” (Mark 15:15-16), and commanded us to let our, “light so shine before men.”
Yes, we are to let our light shine, but the truth is, we have no light in and of ourselves. Jesus is the light of the world (John 8:12), so think of it this way: He is the Son, and we are His moons! We know the moon has no light of its own. It is simply a piece of dead rock that reflects the light of the sun upon the earth. So too, as “God’s moons” His light is reflected through our lives upon a darkened world. You and I have only one light – the Lord Jesus Christ, and there is no darkness so thick that His powerful light cannot penetrate and prevail! In fact, the blacker the darkness, the brighter our light will shine.
The ultimate purpose in shining our light is not to bring attention to ourselves. Instead, our light, which Jesus describes as the good works we do, are to magnify the grace and power of God by pointing people to Him. This is our goal in advancing our “Let There Be Light” initiative; so, thank you for all you are doing to see this come to pass.
Pastor Jim Ruddy