GLOW: Here to Help

You may have heard that as Christians, we are called to be the light of the world, but do we really know what that means?

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

In this passage, Jesus is talking to a collective people, which includes us, reminding us that our good works glorify His name. We have a responsibility to live lives that point to Him and we can influence the lives of other people when we do. Jesus was the best teacher and we can learn to follow his ways by reading the gospels.

Sometimes being light simply means helping people around us. Jesus illustrated this in his first miracle of turning water into wine.

“Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you. ”Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from he called the bridegroom over. “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.
–John 2:1-11 NLT

Turning water into wine for the party host was not a major need that resulted in life change. It was a kind gesture that fulfilled a want and helped other people. Being a light often isn’t a big grade gesture or something that would make people stop and take notice. Being a light happens when we help people around us in small, thoughtful ways that require minimal time and money.

How can you turn someone’s water into wine this week? How can you live your life in such a way that meets not just the needs of other people but even their wants? What would it look like for you to go out of your way to help someone else, just because you can? Maybe they don’t need financial help, maybe they can get their own coffee, maybe they didn’t ask you to help with childcare or yard work or meals…but maybe Jesus will shine through you to other people in these small gestures.

You can watch or listen to the entire message from Pastor Naeem.

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