By: Mike Whitney [Candlewood Pastor]
You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Matthew 5:14-15
The degree that you let your light shine to people is the degree that people will see God in you. I heard the example that just like the moon reflects the light of the sun, so do Christians reflect the light of the Son.
One of the main light killers is being average. Don’t be average, Christian. You’re commanded not to be average but exceptional. You’re commanded to be light to your world.
The average American spends 4 hours a day watching shows. That’s 28 hours a week, 2 months out of a year. If you live to be 65 years, that’s 9 years of your life. We’ve all had days where we watch 4 or more hours, but 4 hours a day, every day?! If the only light we see reflecting off of you is the glow of your computer monitor or TV, you’re not channeling your Savior’s light.
How many hours does it take to lose your light, Christian?
No parents I know brag about their average kid. “Look at my average son. He is exactly in the 50th percentile!” (Half the children are smaller, half are larger.)
Your heavenly father wants to brag about you; Not about you being average. We don’t have that luxury. Our entertainment can be an escape or a coping mechanism. Others may turn to alcohol, drugs, porn, or work. You might be prone to turn to entertainment to dull the pain in your life, an escape as an avoidance strategy.
Personally, I don’t think we have the luxury of being an average American “Christian.” There are many things that try to encroach on my light. Go to war on the “Average Light” in your life.