“You are the light of the world.” As Jesus spoke the Sermon on the Mount, he called us salt and light. He challenged us to let our light shine so that others may see it and give glory to God.
October 31st is right around the corner…will your light be turned on? Many Christians oppose Halloween because of its history and what it stands for. Many close their doors and turn the porch light off as a way to disengage with the holiday (if we can call it that). Jesus reminds us that we don’t put our lights under bowls, we actually put them on a stand so that everyone can see (Matthew 5).
But I wonder what would happen if this year you decided to leave your porch light on. What if we let our light shine so that others may experience God in the flesh through us? What would happen if we engaged neighbors with the radical love of Jesus and showed them His unwavering grace?
Some examples that we have used and seen in the past are creating environments for neighbors to hang for a few more minutes than the couple seconds it takes for their kids to grab candy. We do this by bringing the BBQ out to the front yard and grilling hot dogs and burgers for the adults. We have also served pizza if the family hasn’t had dinner yet along with some fun Halloween themed beverages or dessert. One easy step is to hang out outside with the bowl of candy and be intentional about introducing yourself to the parents and asking them if they live in the neighborhood too – anything to get a casual conversation going! You can do it!
Our ministry encourages the everyday Christian to get out and meet their neighbors. Halloween is the one day a year where all of the neighbors come to us! I’d like to invite you to participate in God’s redeeming work. We are His Good News people and even Halloween can be redeemed as we bring Good News to our neighbors. “Heaven on earth” is our focus as we seek to show others God’s Kingdom. May His Kingdom come and His will be done on earth and in your neighborhood.
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