Called To Be Lights
In January I started reading through Matthew’s Gospel. By summer, I had moved into the parables, and these special teaching stories of Jesus emphasize the importance of salvation. Jesus is teaching his disciples a major kingdom value: Lost People Matter to God.
Since “lost people matter to God,” then lost people ought to matter to us. But if we are consistently going about our regular business in a regular way, we will likely not see a revival break forth in our city. Let me tell you my story of God’s leading me to pray for and act toward revival in Crystal Lake.
This year, Halloween falls on a Wednesday…same day as AWANA. I strongly dislike Halloween because its origins are so evil. But like so many things in our world, the post-modern culture has extracted the spiritual and most kids go door to door merely to get candy. That is all! Many neighborhoods come together as a community during Halloween in a way that doesn’t happen any other time of year. While my preference would be to escape and avoid, God has called his people to be light.
Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in Heaven.”
If I stay in my basement, then I may as well put paper bags over all my light bulbs, too, while I try to work here at the office. If I stay in my house with my door closed, then I am not meeting my neighbors!
So meanwhile, Halloween still falls on a Wednesday this year. I met with several leaders, and our desire is to reach children with the gospel of Christ. We want them to FOLLOW Jesus. So on October 31, we are hosting a Trunk-or-Treat event, from 6:30-8:30 pm right here at church. We want to reach kids in Crystal Lake with candy, glow sticks and the gospel! As I talk to my own children about their classmates and lunch friends at school, year after year I consistently hear that their friends do not know anything about God or the Bible or even what the word “Christian” means. Spiritual language is foreign to many families in our town. Our AWANA ministry reaches almost 150 kids and our Sunday ministry reaches 120 students. We are asking our kids to bring one friend to AWANA on October 31 to participate in this fun event. Remember the biggest mission field is this generation of young people. “How can we reach those who have not heard?” is the question we are asking this month.
Please sign up to help with this outreach event and join with me in pleading with God for his kindness to lead us to repentance. Plead with God that people would become aware of their need in light of God’s holiness. Pray that the gospel will continue to go forth in clarity, in ways that engage this generation. I don’t want a bunch of knowledgeable, nice kids; I pray for an army who will bow their hearts to Christ and will rise up for the gospel in this next epoch in history.
by Heather Soukup, Children’s Discipleship Director