Friday, May 17, 2013

Friday's Weekly Rap-Up - May 17, 2013

Let There Be Light - Andy Mineo

Sojourn Community Church here in Houston, of which I am a Covenant Member, is currently in the midst of a sermon series entitled "Renewal and Revival; A Theology of the Holy Spirit." I've come to realize that the Holy Spirit is the member of the Trinity that I know least about. This past Sunday, Joseph Turner, one of our pastors, encouraged us that throughout scripture "...when the Holy Spirit is poured out on people, they cannot be quiet about Jesus!" He then went on to remind us that "the Holy Spirit allows us as Christians to speak the gospel in boldness, and make His name more abundantly known."

Given that the Spirit dwells within us, this should be our joyful response, however, our hearts are cluttered with sin, and we don't display God's glory all the time. I know that I struggle at times to reflect that glory noticeably. Admittedly, far too commonly do I display a selfish knowledge of Christ's glory and the good news of the gospel. Too many times do I not radiantly display the same glory that those who became believers in the book of Acts displayed. I've found that Christians younger in their faith than I are more excited about this truth of declaring God's glory. There is a clear selfishness occurring within me, and that must change. With God's grace, it will, over time, change.

It is a needed reminder that the Spirit does dwell within us, and that we are called to be lights for the gospel. Matthew 5:14-16 calls us to "let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." In the books of Acts, where we can see the Holy Spirit being "poured out" on people, Paul and Barnabas remind the people they are sharing the gospel with that the Lord "made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth" (Acts 17:46-49).

Without a doubt, Houston is a great city in which to live, work, play and worship. However, it is much darker than we care to give attention to, so I pray we can continue to be un-ignorable lights in the world, just as cities on a hill. Here's Andy Mineo's "Let There Be Light", which can be found on his Formerly Known album. You can download it here for free! Or, pick up a "Let There Be Light" shirt from the Reach Records store.