PASTOR'S PEN: Are we the light or the basket?

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Associate Pastor Ron Witbeck, Resurrection Life Church Big Rapids

Courtesy photo/Ron Witbeck

Are we the light or the basket? This is something we should always ask ourselves!  

Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message Bible):

“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket (basket), do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand — shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven."

Are we the light or the basket? Being the light is sharing what God has done for us, along with the peace we have received. Being a basket is living as the world, doom and gloom, only letting the darkness control us and those around us.

With all of the negativity facing us everyday, are we putting a basket over our heads? Or are we finding ourselves following right along with the rest of this darkened world being filled with fears and doubt?

Instead, as we have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, let His Light shine through our eyes and actions. Let our presence throughout the day brighten those around us, letting them know that Jesus is our source.

Are we the light or the basket? It is a choice we have to make every morning! Facing us are the hill tops of life, along with some valleys that we must travel. As light bearers we need to thank God on those hill tops where the view is so clear, and when in the valleys, let us give thanks for His guidance and strength.

Are we the light or the basket? As we confess our faith in Jesus, let that light shine; with the basket, instead of a covering, let's turn it over, filling it with every blessing, confidence, and peace that is provided by the Holy Spirit living within us!

Jesus is speaking to us in John 14:27 (NLT):

“I am leaving you with a gift — peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.”

— Ron Witbeck is an associate pastor at Resurrection Life Church in Big Rapids.