Pastor’s Pen – February

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“Let your light so shine before others, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:16

The above Bible verse is spoken each time a person is baptized. It’s a verse that is good for us to keep in mind now that we have entered the season of Epiphany.

One of the major symbols of the Epiphany season is light. During Epiphany, we are reminded of the light of the star that led the wise men to Bethlehem. We are reminded that Jesus is the light of the world. And we are reminded that you and I, as Jesus’ followers, are called to let our light shine before others.

Epiphany comes from a Greek word, epiphaneia, that means “appearing” or “being revealed.” The season of Epiphany is about God appearing and revealing himself to the world.

The New Testament tells us that God has revealed himself “in many and various ways” (Hebrews 1:1). God has revealed himself through the commandments given to Moses, through the messages of the prophets, through the beauty and wonder of creation, and through the voice of conscience that helps guide our actions. But most of all, God has revealed himself through Jesus. As Jesus himself says, “Whoever has seen me, has seen the Father” (John 14:9). It is in Jesus’ life, ministry, death, and resurrection, that we see most clearly who God is and what God is like.

And now that Jesus is no longer physically on the earth, it is through Jesus’ body, the church, that God continues to reveal himself. It is through you and me and all believers that God is revealed to the world.

Does that sound too incredible to be true, that God would reveal himself through us? Incredible or not, it is true! Jesus says to us, “You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). It is through us – or, more accurately, it is through Jesus living in us – that the people around us are able to see God. The light of Jesus is shining today through you and me.

That’s our purpose. That’s the reason we are here, both as individuals and as a congregation – to reveal God to others by letting our light shine. Through our words, our actions, and our attitude, people ought to be able to see the light of Jesus. They ought to be able to see the love that he has for them and for all the world.

During this season of Epiphany, we are reminded that our God-given calling is to let our light shine. And we are reminded that it is because Jesus is living in us that we are able to fulfill that calling.

Blessings during this season of light!

Pastor Selbo

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