Our Porch Light
I love driving up to the church from the north, from the direction of Skipwith, for as you round the corner by the parsonage, you really get to see an incredible view of the church up on top of a hill. The view is especially striking when you’re not expecting it, as I was when I first came from Skipwith back towards the church in December.
I understand that this view wasn’t always possible as, up until a couple of years ago, there was a grove of tall trees that obstructed the view. If you only drive up from Highway 58, you’re missing out on a spectacular view. I can’t wait to try to photograph the church at this angle during a summer sunset - I’m sure it’s gorgeous.
We really do have a beautiful church building. One of the first features I noticed about our building is the lamp that hangs over the front porch. On windy days when I’m in the sanctuary and practicing my sermon, I can see it sway back and forth. I always try to make sure that the light is on for Sunday mornings as it makes me smile when I glance out the window and see it.
During this Epiphany season, a season of Light, where we celebrate the fact that God is revealing Jesus more and more in a dark world, I can’t help but think about our porch light as a metaphor for who God is calling us to be. Jesus has broken into our world, in a completely unexpected way, as a baby, to shine His light for all. Similarly, we are called to also be light in the world, to reflect the light of Jesus in a world that desperately needs to know Him.
Matthew 5:14-16 (NIV) comes to mind: "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.”
We here at Liberty Baptist Church are well-situated to fulfill God’s vision for us as a church. We are blessed with a great location, great facilities, great people, and no debt. My hope is that we will pray and work together to seek God’s will for our church and find the best way to be a light for Jesus here in Mecklenburg County.