Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. As we begin this new year of 2014, I would like to bring to you the Word of the Lord for St Andrew’s. Last year, when the youth ministry of the Chapel of the Holy Spirit were planning for the theme for this year, the leaders and pastors came together to pray and seek God. Various ones shared verses from the Bible as well as visions given to them by God and they all centred on one theme: LIGHT.
God revealed to us His Word from Matthew 5:14-16, and I’d like to read it for you. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Light is essential. On Monday, I went to the National University Hospital for my physiotherapy (as I recover from shoulder surgery). While I was there, I went to the toilet. And similar to the toilets in St. Andrew’s, they have motion sensors that detect the presence of people. If they do not detect movement for a while, they switch off the lights to conserve electricity. Guess what? The lights went off after a while. And the toilet was cast into pitch darkness. I kid you not, I could hardly see my hands stretched out in front of me.
It was useless to have lights installed and have them switched off when they are needed. Similarly, it’s useless to call ourselves Christians/Saints and not let our light shine. How do we let our light shine? Matthew 5:16, the verse we read just now, says “… let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” The Bible equates shining our light with doing good works.
Good works is a hallmark of the Christian and the Saint. My friends, it’s time for us to stop merely ‘talking the talk’ and instead start ‘walking the walk’. It’s time to cast off the old acronym of N.A.T.O. (No Action, Talk Only) and actually start doing something. Shine your light. Do good works. Now, I’m sure as Saints, you have the wisdom and creativity to figure out what kinds of good works you can do: whether it’s towards your fellow Saints, your teachers, your family members etc.
But I do want to inspire you towards good works. Last weekend, I brought my daughter out for a father-daughter date. We went to watch the movie “Frozen”. Apologies to those who haven’t watched the movie (there’s going to be a spoiler). Do you remember in the penultimate scene where Kristoff was racing towards Anna? We all thought he’d be the one to save Anna from the cold spell because he was her true love? Instead Anna, seeing her sister, Elsa, in danger of being killed… sacrificed herself to save Elsa. And it was THIS act of true love, a sacrificial love, from sister to sister, that broke the spell.
Saints, doing good works requires a sacrificial spirit. Where we consider someone else’s needs above our own. Where we choose to serve others instead of demanding we be served. And the reason why we can do this is because Jesus did the same for us. He gave His life as a sacrifice for us, to save us from Satan, sin, death, hell. And He did this in order that we would go do likewise. Shine your light. Do good works. Let us pray.