Light

Jesus said we are to be the Salt and Light of the World. But what does that really mean, and how can we live that way in today’s world. In my prior blog I discussed Salt, and so now let’s look at what it means to be the Light of the World.

“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father. Matthew 5:14-16 NLT

As Salt, we are to counteract the power of sin. As Light we are to illuminate or make visible. Our lives are to be an on-going witness to the reality of Christ’s presence in our lives. We are lights shining when we worship God with pure hearts, when we love others as ourselves, and when we do good without growing weary. However, it is not our light but the reflection of the Light of the world, Jesus Christ, that people should see in us.

Do everything without complaining and arguing, so that no one can criticize you. Live clean, innocent lives as children of God, shining like bright lights in a world full of crooked and perverse people. Philippians 2:14-15 NLT

The Greek word used here is very similar to the word for the beacon that a lighthouse emits. That beacon is bright and unmistakable in its purpose. It warns of danger. It directs to a safe harbor. It provides hope for those who have lost hope.

Everyday we are surrounded by people living in the darkness, separated from the God who loves them. God uses His children, like beacons from a lighthouse, to show the way to Him.

Take the time to talk with your children about what it means to be the “Light of the World”. Ask them how they are going to live in a way that reflects Jesus’ Light to the world.

Posted in Parenting Toward the 30%.
Ken Leaman

Ken Leaman

Ken Leaman has a passion for students, and for over 25 years has been volunteering within churches, leading and mentoring students.  These churches are:

Ken has also serves on the board of another non-profit called DFW HDI, which is a membership organization of IT support professionals.  And Ken is the Director of Enterprise Data Management at IHS Markit, which is a multi-Billion global financial services and software company.

Ken, and his wife Karen, have been married for 26 years, and have a 25 year old son.  They live in McKinney, TX, just North of Dallas.

As Ken and Karen repeatedly witnessed many Christian students who were active within the Church walk away from their faith shortly after graduating high school, they grew frustrated.  Studies show that about 70% of young adults leave their faith after graduation, which is a huge issue since they are the future of the Church.  After much prayer and searching God's direction for many years, the Leaman's felt His calling to start a ministry to address this problem.  In 2014, they gathered like minded Christian professionals to help begin Young Adults of Worth Ministries.  We believe that this ministry is from God, and it will be blessed by Him for His glory alone.

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