Sunday Thought – 24.03.24

Last night, famous lit-up landmarks across the world powered down for Earth Hour, an event established by the World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) as part of an environmental awareness campaign. This year, WWF encouraged people “to do good for the planet while doing something you love”, turning an annual symbolic “moment of unity” into an hour of proactive environmentalism (https://www.earthhour.org/).

Rather than being united by powering down electric lights, Christians are united by following the spiritual light of Jesus. The Bible calls Jesus “The light [that] shines in the darkness” (NIV, John 1:5) and he himself declared, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (NIV, John 8:12). Following Jesus isn’t just an annual hour-long event at Easter but something which acts as catalyst for real change in people’s lives which should be clear to all who see a person. In a world of electric lights, darkness stands out; in a world of spiritual darkness, Christians are told to “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven” (NIV, Matthew 5:16).

Yes, it is good to think of what we can do to help the planet, but better still to be the light that God wants us to be. This week, as Easter approaches, will you let your own “little light” shine?

Prayer Points for the Week:

  • Pray for those struggling with debt amid the UK’s Cost of Living Crisis.
  • Pray for the families of those killed and injured in the Moscow Crocus City Hall concert attack.
  • Please pray for the situations in Ukraine and the Middle East. For peace; for aid to get through to those in need; for those mourning the loss of loved ones.