A Lighthouse for Jesus

Here’s what you must know about lighthouses.

They don’t do anyone much good if they are located far inland, tucked behind a rocky outcrop, or nestled in the safest parts of a protected harbor.

Certainly, they might endure less wear and tear there, even need less maintenance, but are they doing all the good they could?

ABSOLUTELY NOT!

A lighthouse needs to be riding calamity, on the edge of destruction, right where the storm will blow in and smash its largest waves right against its base.

It’s not the safe location that helps a lighthouse endure the storm. It’s the firm foundation it’s constructed on.

Matthew 5:14-16 says:

“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead, they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

We need to get into the danger zone, into the path of the storm, place ourselves right where people stumble most. We need out of our churches, onto the streets, and into the lives of those who are looking for direction.

Our church is little more than our charging station. It’s where we power up. We should come out the door each Sunday morning with our fuel cells brimming over, ready to light up the world with the saving power of Jesus Christ.

When we shine for Christ, we become the lighthouse that will draw the lost unto him.

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