Hello Windermere Friends,
Week 13 – Bright new lights
Windermere is blessed by many volunteers who not only give their time but also give their talent. One such friend is Jeff Bird, from Crestwood Baptist in the St Louis area. Jeff and some of his friends come and do amazing things helping our campus to look its best.
Recently, Jeff located, secured and replaced many of our light bulbs. These newer bulbs have such a brightness to them. There is a glow that brings assurance and peace to the campus.
Jesus talked about light in the Sermon on the Mount. Matthew 5: 14-16 says this –
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; 15 nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
Each verse has a challenge. First, look in verse 14 at the word are. It is in the present tense. Jesus says you are the light. He did not say you will be, or after you join the church you will be, or even, after you get your act together you will be the light. You already are the light! Don’t hold back.
Verse 15 gives you a good handle on the purpose of light. Light is to be visible and to radiate. It’s simple – reflect my light to the world (Phil 2:15), you can’t hide it even if you wanted to. It is my opinion that the world needs to see and know that there is hope. We can’t keep the light to ourselves or under a basket. This is how Jesus modeled leadership. How much time have leaders (me included!) spent trying to gather a crowd? I love the fact that Jesus just let the light shine and the people came.
Then, in verse 16, we are told what will be seen. “Your good works” will be seen. The world will see your hospitality, your courtesy, your gratitude, they will see everything about Christ that is reflected in you! This is how you are able to influence others. This is how you dispel the darkness in the world.
It is my prayer that every bright new light here at Windermere can serve as an illustration to our guests. I pray that everyone on this campus can so reflect God’s light that the darkness will be removed permanently and the way home can be seen clearly. My prayer for Windermere is this -The light that reaches the farthest, shines the brightest at home.
Thank you Jeff Bird, for bringing light to Windermere. Thank you Jesus for shining your light through us so that darkness can be pushed away and lives can be changed!
John W. Bailey
Office 573-346-5200 Ext. 2611