“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” –Matthew 5:15-16
A dear friend of mine, Margie, tells an interesting story about an old Southern custom…
In my part of the mountains of East Tennessee, there is an old custom of placing a light in the window to tell passing people that if you need shelter or food you are welcome here. My sister-in-law, Teresa, has one in her log cabin’s window honoring this custom.
A few years ago, East Tennessee had a catastrophic snow event…over twenty inches in a very few hours. Since three major freeway interstates intersect in Chattanooga, people were stranded in their cars for miles and miles.
But someone there remembered the light in the window custom and made the announcement: “If you have room to take in somebody or a family and give them food and shelter, turn on your porch light.”
Other people who had four-wheel drive vehicles went to the freeways, plucked people out of their cars and then drove up and down the streets delivering them to houses which had their porch lights on.
People there in Tennessee were rescuing people by letting their light shine.
My friends we are located in the middle of a catastrophic sin event. Without Christ, people are stranded on the freeway of life and they are doomed to die; mothers, fathers, teenagers, little children, all are caught out in this tragic storm of sin. And I wish to God that it was just a storm to worry about. But it is also night. And without the light of the Savior, people can’t see their hands in front of their face; they don’t know where to go. Many have already wandered off and have perished. Others, realizing their helplessness, sit frozen in life, unable to move.
My question to you is, will you share with them the Gospel light? Will you go up and down the roads and the highways and byways of life, seeking those who need our Savior’s shelter? Will you pick them up and point them to the light of the world?
Yes, sometimes it means that we will have to leave our comfort zone, our friends, or the things we hold most dearly. And no, there are no guarantees that we will make it back to our homes and hearths safely. Worse, the people who you try to rescue, may not be friendly, or appreciative, or even understanding. But that’s not our problem. Our calling is simply to share the light and help point people to where they can find their eternal safety from the storm; which is, to find Jesus. I guess that’s what it really means to be a Christian.
As they say in the South, ‘nuff said. Thank you Margie Littell for sharing your light!