What Kind Of Light Are You: Part II?
2015 Frieda P. Smith
On New Year’s Eve 2014, I had the privilege of preaching with six other dynamic ministers representing the Shiloh Baptist and Rehoboth Christian Church of Tarrytown, NY. On that evening, I delivered this message, and I am going to share it with you on this blog for the next few days.
In this text known to us as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declared to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
As we know, there are all types of “lights” in the world today. The question that will be on the floor for the next few days will be: What kind of light are you?
[If you missed Part I, go back and read it.]
Are you a “flashlight?”
Flashlights serve a wonderful purpose; they are used when the lights go out in a storm. They are used on dark roads when you are trying to change a tire. They are used while hiking in the woods after the sun goes down.
However, the one of the purposes of a flashlight is to shine a bright light in the direction of something the person holding the flashlight is searching for or trying to expose.
Are you a “flashlight?” Are you always on a mission to shine a bright light and expose a flaw in someone’s life? Are you always trying to uncover “skeletons” in someone else’s closet? The presidential race is beginning. Can one of the candidates hire you to uncover hidden dirt on a front-running candidate?
Are you an expert at pointing out the failures and problems and issues and shortcomings of everyone else but miss seeing your own?
You see my friends, we do not shine the light of a flashlight in our own direction.
In Matthew 7:3-5 Jesus said, “Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (4) or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and look, a plank is in your own eye? (5) Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
In other words, we all have things about us that need work. No one is perfect, even those of us who are Christians (I didn’t have to tell you that!).
Therefore, if you are going to shine a light in the direction of others, looking for flaws, don’t forget to shine it on yourself. I am certain that like myself, you have a few flaws as well.
What kind of light are you?
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