You Are The Light

“You are the light in my dark world.

You are the fire that will always burn.

You are the light, you are the light.

You are the light in my dark world.”

From “You Are The Light” by Lone Justice.

I find it easy to understand things pictorally.  Karl has recently shared four pictures with us.

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The first is of Edinburgh’s skyline viewed from Blackford Hill.  A beautiful city can be seen.  One full of things to be celebrated.  A cityscape crowned with church spires directing our thoughts upward.  A city with a deep religious heritage and, yet, with very little evidence of an intimate relationship with Father God.

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The second is of an ice-cream van doing 40 miles an hour on the dual carriageway in a snowstorm in the middle of February.  Something full of good things, but inaccessible and irrelevant.  Something that fails to put itself in the place where it can offer its contents to those hungry for them.  Is this a picture of the church?  Is this a picture of our church?

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The third is of a radiator.  The dial is at three and the temperature needs to be turned up.  We are seeing exciting things happen, but there is so much more.  Remember the words to the Church at Laodicea, “I know your deeds, that you are neither hot nor cold.  I wish you were either one or the other!  So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15-16)

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Finally, there was a picture of a single large light in our city.  The further you move from the light, the less it penetrates the darkness.  Maybe we need to move out of a focus on church gathered and redirect our efforts into establishing little lights throughout our city’s postcodes, people groups, sub-cultures and areas of common interest?  Maybe this will spark off new ideas that will catch light and create something contagious. 

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.” (Romans Ch 12:1-2, The Message)

That connects with and excites me – to re-orientate our focus outwards and to form small groups centred around a common outward expression of faith.  The difficulty is, however, recognising how important the existing little small group collective who meet in our home is to us all despite , seemingly, not centred around a single means of mission expression.  We have developed a real sense of trust, vulnerability and support for one another these past couple of years and I squirm at the thought of disrupting that.  Do we need to or does that serve an important function that provides the affirmation and support to push each of us into different areas of expression and to hold eachother accountable in those things?  Now we need individually and collectively to figure out what the picture for us will look like…

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