Responding to the Call to Serve
When my son Grady was nine months old he had already been hospitalized several times for lung infections. In the midst of one of these hospitalizations we discovered that our apartment at the time was riddled with mold and the closet in Grady’s bedroom was the hidden reservoir deposit for a leak in the building’s roof. It became a necessity that we move on short notice with Grady still in the hospital. Though we had only attended two or three services at First Baptist Church St. Simons Island, a visit from a church member while Grady was in the hospital prompted an email which called several families to our home to help with the move. Though I know these families now as the Owen’s, Bryson’s and McFarland’s, at the time we were strangers to each other. If it had not been for the help of the church, several members of whom we had not even met at the time, the move out of our moldy apartment would not have been possible.
When I think about the light of Christ shining to give glory to God, this is the one event that stands out amongst all others in my mind – this sentinel event is the reason my family are members of First Baptist Church St. Simons Island. Though I know I have told this story before in other contexts, I tell it here to demonstrate how being the light of Christ often means a blind response to opportunity. There are those times in life where we receive a phone call, email, or text asking us to act or give and our response needs to be “Yes” simply because God has given us the opportunity to be the light of Christ to others. Are there any opportunities in your life to be the light of Christ to which you simply need to say “Yes?”