Be the Light! ~ The Rev. Dcn. Scott Brown, OPI
Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore, it says:
“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”
Well I thought this would be a hard sermon to write but as usual I was wrong!
This is pretty much self explanatory and shouldn’t require much explanation but here goes. This may be the shortest sermon in history.
You were once darkness but now you are light in the lord – until you accepted the lord Jesus Christ as your savior you were dark and gloomy. Now you are filled with the light of his love and should be a beacon broadcasting your light for all to see.
Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Live your life as a disciple of Christ, follow Christ’s teaching and his one commandment: love one another as I have loved you. If you live your life in the same manner as Christ lived his and as he commanded us, then you will produce goodness. Even more important today with everything going on in the world concerning the Corona virus – we need to love one another more now than ever. Share your supplies, check on your neighbor, don’t be greedy and leave something on the shelf for others to purchase. Make sure the elderly have enough to eat, make sure they have their needed medicines, and just ask them what they need to get through this crisis.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Loving one another is pleasing to the Lord, showing kindness to others is pleasing to the Lord. Practice these every day. Be patient, be understanding, ask your neighbors if the need any help during this time of crisis and every day. Offer to help where needed, offer kind words of encouragement and love.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness; rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret – don’t waste your time on worthless things, dedicate all your available time to works that glorify the Lord and proclaim his love and goodness.
“Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.” If you are not proclaiming Christs love, you are dead and asleep. When you arise and awaken in Christs love, each day is like a new day. A new day to explore the world and proclaim his goodness. You will be led out of the darkness of sin and bathed in the loving light of the Lord.
Lord in your mercy, show us the path to the light, lead us our of the darkness and awaken us so that we may proclaim Your love, kindness and mercy. Help us to live as children of the light. Amen.
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