It is interesting to note in the Genesis account of creation (Genesis 1:3), that the first recorded words of God were, “Let there be light.” In Christ’s admonition in Matthew 5:14, He points to us Christians as being the “light.” Not to the earth but to mankind. And, how important our “light” or manner of life is to the world of men around us. It should be seen. It should even shine, that others would see it and be influenced for good and praise the Father in heaven.
The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Philippians encouraged them to “shine like stars” (Philippians 2:15) while living in a crooked and depraved generation, “holding out to them the word of life” (Philippians 2:6).
Attending worship services is one of the simplest and basic requirements of a Christian, and one of the simplest ways to influence and encourage others. I am told that in the days before electricity that members travelled at night by lantern light. And, upon entering the building would sit in their customary place and position their lantern there. Their lantern light was positive proof of their commitment to the ministry and each other. However, if they were missing, it was dark in their place and void of light and encouragement.
We should remember our commitment to Christ. To be born again is to make changes in our lives, lay aside our old dark habits, and replace them with new bright ones.
Then we should remember our commitment to each other: To encourage and build up one another in the faith. It is a reassuring boost to our faith to see brothers and sisters there beside us each worship service. Let’s strive to attend and let us be a LIGHT.
We are entrusted with a ministry. “For God, Who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has made it shine in our hearts, to GIVE THE LIGHT of knowledge of the glory of God and the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).