Shine

Shine

The glow stick is an excellent picture of what it is like to be a Christian. If you have never
operated a glow stick here is how it works. A clear plastic tube is filled with two
substances that are isolated from each other. When this tube is bent the substances
combine and the resulting chemical reaction produces light. The bending and shaking
process is referred to by my kids as “breaking.” Here is the point – if you don’t bend the
glow stick it remains a clear plastic tube – it cannot do what it was made for unless it is
broken. But once it is broken, then the glow stick shines.
The same is true for Jesus followers. As imperfect creatures, we are made up of many
mistakes. We have lied. We have made ourselves more important than other people. We
have turned our back on God and done what we thought was right instead of asking him
what is right and following that advice. King David walked this road too. After being
confronted with his sin of improper sexual relations, murder and lust, he said in Psalm
51:17 that God desires nothing but a broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart.
Brokenness is a part of the Christian condition. Try to find one person in Scripture that
doesn’t fall short. There’s only one and He is Jesus. Our vulnerability before God and
others will produce fruit. When we acknowledge our sin and failures before God and
others, it is just as with the glow stick, we start to shine. “You are the light of the world,”
Jesus says, “a city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matthew 5:14). When we become broken
and contrite in our being, we shine so brightly that we can’t hide we are His.
So let us, as a body of Jesus, be broken together. Let us be vulnerable. Let us share with
one another the hardest most difficult hurts in our souls. And let us experience the light
that comes with openness and humility between us and God and between us and other
believers. We need brokenness to start mixing with the Holy Spirit inside of us. When this
happens we start to shine in the darkness. A difference between glow sticks and humans
is that our chemical reaction will never cease. As long as we appear broken before God
and bring him all of our junk, our reaction will continually put forth light. Light that our
world desperately needs.
There will be an Ash Wednesday Service on Wednesday, February 14. We will have a
carry-in meal starting at 6:15 p.m. and the service will start at 7 p.m. Ash Wednesday is
the beginning of the Lenten season. In the church calendar year, it marks the beginning of
a season of reflection and repentance to prepare us to experience the death of Jesus
more profoundly and deeply and to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus more vibrantly. Let
us feel the power of vulnerability and brokenness this season and allow that to transform
our lives.
In addition, a Weekly Bible Study will be led on Thursdays from 7 -8 p.m. starting on
Thursday, Feb. 15. The Bible study will be going through Kyle Idelman’s “gods at war.” This
study will feature a 20-minute video, which will be followed by 35-40 minutes of
discussion. There is a book associated with this video series and if you would like one,
please let the church office know. It is not required to be a part of this class but will add
supplemental pieces to each of the lessons. This will be a six-week series. The dates are
February 15, February 22, March 1, March 8, March 15, and March 22.

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