Here at ABC we desire to see God light up your life, your home, your neighborhood, and the world. Jesus Christ is the light of the world (John 8:12), and He has commissioned His church to shine for Him: “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 5:16). God receives glory when His people live on mission and shine their light into dark places.
Two weeks ago, one of our women’s Bible study classes met after the winter storm. During their discussion, a class member mentioned her entire street still did not have power. These ladies decided to temporarily pause their study, so they could put the truth they had been learning into practice. They packed bags full of gift cards, household needs, and filled them with encouraging notes. They then prayed over those bags and the people who would receive them. From there, they scattered to drop off the bags and bless those homes with the hope and love of Christ.
Last week, our church was informed of a need by one of our beloved senior adults. In the wake of the winter storm, a church member had many damaged trees on her property, but she did not have the physical capacity to clean it up herself. We communicated this need to our deacons, and I’m proud to say many of them gave up their Saturday to bless this woman in need. They cleaned up her property, then thanked her for the opportunity to serve her, and prayed over her and her home.
Anyone can talk about light, but it takes true commitment to shine. I’m proud of these individuals for setting the pace for our church, and I encourage you to let your light shine in the same way. The world is not in short supply of darkness. However, it does seem to be short on light. What dark circumstances has God placed around you? How could you light up someone’s life through a simple call, text, or note? Who needs encouragement and hope around you? Austin Baptist Church will grow in its impact collectively, as we grow in our impact individually. We are the body of Christ. How can you make a difference this week?
Onward and upward,