This last weekend I was briefly out of town for Chelsea's graduation from Pacific Union College in California. The days were packed with events. There was graduation and pinning rehearsal on Friday, a special church service on Sabbath with the nursing pinning in the afternoon, and then graduation itself Sunday morning. The graduates had to wear their caps and gowns for much of the weekend. Many of them had even decorated their caps for the special occasion! This was something I had never seen before and it was interesting to see what they had chosen. A theology graduate had glued an open New Testament to his hat, surrounded by flowers and a scripture passage. Another graduate had written on her cap "My $142,000 hat". But the cap that really caught my attention was one that said, "Future Teacher." This one caught my eye because this statement was written on her graduation cap. She had finished her schooling, taken all of her tests. She was finished, heading into the world to leave her mark. But instead of writing "Teacher" on her hat, she wrote "Future Teacher."

This made me think of some of the Christians I have met. Sometimes we like to talk about who we will be in the future. We say, "God's still working on me and someday I'll act like His child." Or we say, "I don't know how to share my faith with others. Someday I'll get some training and then I can be a witness." Jesus said something interesting in His sermon on the mount. "Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid" (Matthew 5:14). Jesus didn't say, "Get some training and you'll become the light of the world." Jesus didn't even say, "You have the potential to become the light of the world if you would get your act together and let me finish working on you." No, Jesus said, "You are the light of the world!" Like it or not, if you are a follower of Jesus, then you are as conspicuous as the city lights on top of a hill. People see you. I'm not saying that we shouldn't get training in how to become better witnesses. I think that's important! But what I am saying is that we can't look to some future event to make us witnesses for Christ. Jesus says that we are the light of the world now.

Shining brightly,

Pastor Sutherland

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