Many have heard the child’s song with the words, “this little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine”. The song encourages children to be a light in a world where darkness can be found in many places. Well, for Christians, the light that we shine is not a little light. It is a light that comes from God. And since God is infinitely powerful, we would do right to consider this light a big light. It is, without a doubt, a light which can completely extinguish darkness wherever it may be found. Consider the following verse:
Moral reforms are excellent in themselves, but they are dangerous if we rest in them. Let even a corpse be washed, but let no man dream that the most careful washing will restore it to life. “ Ye must be born again”—Spurgeon
With our ears we can enjoy varieties of music, experience the thrills of explosions in movies, listen to the whispers of friends or loved-ones in our ears, or be alarmed by loud sounds that startle us. But the ear also has a function that is essential for the soul. It can hear words that go deep into the heart of a man. Destructive words can cause a person to hate others and altogether become bitter and angry. Encouraging words can cause a person to be filled with comfort and courage.
Jesus emphasized the importance of hearing through his ministry. In the parable of the sower, Jesus shows us that the way in which you listen, can make a dramatic difference in your life.
The Christian life is very much like climbing a hill of ice. You cannot slide up, nay, you have to cut every step with an ice axe; only with incessant labor in cutting and chipping can you make any progress; you need a guide to help you, and you are not safe unless you are fastened to the guide, for you may slip into a crevasse. Nobody ever slides lip, but if great care be not taken they will slide down, slide back, or in other words backslide This is very easily done. If you want to know how to backslide, the answer is leave off going forward and you will slide backward, cease going upward and you will go downward of necessity, for stand still you never can. (Spurgeon’s Sermons v.21, #1235)
“I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. ” (John 17:20–23, ESV)
People come to church for a variety of reasons. Some people wish to bring some sort of spirituality to an otherwise secular and wordly lifestyle. Others desire to be fed with spiritual truths and experience a closeness to God. Some seek religious experiences and the excitement of worship in a charismatic setting. Some people desire a private religion in the comfort of their own home, keeping their relationship with God a personal and private matter. Others simply come because they think it’s the right thing to do, even though they do no believe a word of what they hear.
Fortunately, we can turn to the Scriptures to find out what Jesus would want of his believers who gather. In this section of Scripture, Jesus makes known his primary concern and desire that we be in perfect unity.
There’s some encouraging movement in the Southern Baptist Convention in regards to Family Worship. These are resolutions that all Christians can and should embrace. If you are a Christian, I strongly urge you to read over this and strive to make it happen for your family and other Christian families that you know.
Francis Schaeffer is fascinating to listen to. His video series “How then Shall We Live” takes the viewer on walk through history, reflecting on the meeting of culture and Christianity. Reflecting on culture in light of the truths we find in Scripture is a worthwhile endeavor, helping us to discern between truth and error. Each generation experiences exciting ideas that bubble up out of our culture. Men like Francis Schaeffer take the time to reflect on these ideas, where they came from, where they are going. His online library is now open for all to explore. I haven’t taken a look yet, but I’m certain there is probably something for everyone in there.