Is there enough evidence to convict you of being a Christian? We want to remove the things that stand in our way, allowing as the children’s song goes: “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine. Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine,” If you have been hesitant to let your light shine, wrestling with taking the next step, but it isn’t only about having the light bulb screwed in, sometimes people can wrestle with…
Fridge Light Faith which is contrasted by Jesus Growing Seed Parable- (Mark 4:26-29) 26 He also said, “This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. 27 Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. 28 All by itself the soil produces grain—first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. 29 As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come.”
Here God is promising a gigantic and abundant harvest—if you are feeling worn out, take heart…Jesus makes it clear that even when you feel like you have a mini-witness, when you feel overwhelmed, or running out of steam, or powerless, that God can turn it into something abundant. The urge in those moments might be to become a fridge light…Think about it…When the fridge is open, being seen by the world, the light flies on as if it was on the whole time—it is on duty, people are watching, but when no one is looking, the light goes out! Instead of fridge faith—instead of abandoning the fields, we find that light shines best in darkness.Take China for example. China is a communist nation—based on the idea of government as God—darkness. It is a nation of intelligence, growing income, materialism, consumerism—darkness. A place where only one child was allowed, others facing abortion or abandonment in the streets—darkness. A place where Christians were and are persecuted. In 2012, Chinese Christians meeting in homes, being followed, trailed, faced a 40% increase in persecution—darkness— Loss of jobs, beatings, torture—darkness…and yet the church thrives! No million dollar buildings, no SS curriculum, no big programs, but instead home churches, meeting together to fulfill the two greatest commandments—loving God using precious Bibles that are smuggled in and loving each other, carefully ensuring no one is followed. It is a church made up of those who find faith more important than familiar comforts.
James 2:14 reminds us, “What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Answer: no…it is fridge faith—the light only on for a moment, only on when we say, “I’ll pray for you, but never do,” or you see someone struggling and you share their struggles with others instead of sharing with them to walk them through the struggle…Now we aren’t talking about doing enough good things to be saved, but we are talking about being saved and allowing the results to follow. You don’t have to try and do everything, but imagine if each of us did something, how much the light of Christ would emanate from this church.