Light’s Calling

light_darknessThe darker the arena of this world grows, the brighter the light of Truth intrinsically shines. Nothing that the culture of man rejoices to legalize, mandate, or suppress should surprise the Church, especially when it comes to the advancement of the agenda of darkness. Instead of sorrowfully wallowing in and embracing past, temporary cultural realities, the Church should be rejoicing and rekindling their passion to radiate the eternal light of the Truth as both the only present and everlasting reality of hope for mankind. This is not a time for the Church to cast blame on unregenerate politicians or “backsliding Christians.” Now more than ever the Church must boldly rejoice in the fulfillment of God’s promises by unashamedly proclaiming the hope and truth of the Gospel, which is the only source of the eternally satisfying rest our sin-weary race desires.

Like that “city set on a hill” which our Chief Shepherd said “cannot be hid (Matthew 5:14-16),” the Church must more than ever let the true message of godliness radiate through their thoughts, words, and actions to a sin-drunk culture. As many have mentioned lately, “God is still on His throne.” Therefore, His righteousness does indeed still matter! God’s righteousness must be upheld, lifted high and advanced through the persevering advancement of His righteous and undiluted Gospel. This fits well with the call that Jesus gives to His disciples when He said, “Follow Me–and I will make you fishers of men.”

Does this mean that humanity is off the hook of God’s judgment for their sinful decisions? No. Isaiah 5:20 still stands as a firm reminder of God’s wrath and coming judgment on those who place their definition of righteousness ahead of God’s. Does this mean that the Church is called to make the world a better place? No, there is no such command given in Scripture, although this idea floats incessantly through the writings of “Christian celebrities.” What does this mean? This means that the Great Commission is not only still in effect for the Church, but this high calling must be even more joyfully embraced and fulfilled in every aspect of the Church’s existence as the increasing maturation of sin’s darkness makes the light of the Gospel that much more radical in the eyes of men. Such a responsibility is impossible for the Church to fulfill in her own strength. It will require the love, humility, patience, kindness, grace, repentance, and forgiveness that only God can give to His Church. But, is that really a bad thing? No, for that is the glorious reality of what it means to live and worship as Spirit-filled believers in a sin-cursed world!

harvest fieldThis is why God has us here as His Church. We are not here to make the world a better place or transform America or any other temporarily recognized country into a “Christian nation.” We are called and strategically placed on Earth by God for a singular purpose: to cause Jesus Christ to be worshiped in the hearts of men. We are called to spread abroad His glory in the way we think and live. We are called to create disciples in a darkening world, although God knows that He is the One creating such spiritual life in the hearts of His fallen image-bearers. And as we see Jesus Christ gather into His family those He has called from every people group and culture, we rejoice in the amazing reality that the Lord of the Harvest has continued to fulfill His desire for the nations through our grace-dependent actions of Spirit-empowered trust and obedience. This is what it means to live as those who Jesus Christ designated, “The light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). This is light’s glorious calling. This is God’s glory on display. It’s time to for the Church to get serious about obeying their glorious calling as God prepares to amaze the realm of darkness with the brightness of His glory.

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