By Ken Paulin, Jr.
Matthew 28:19 - "Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit"
"Lighting the Lamp" is a term used to describe what happens after a goal is scored. In Professional and college hockey, when a goal is scored, the goal judge turns on a red light to signal to everyone that the entire puck completely crossed the goal line. When a player does score, the entire team is happy, often celebrating with teammates, coaches and fans. The goal scorer's name is announced and he is excited that he is given credit for the goal... and that everyone knows that it was he who scored the goal!
In contrast, when we obtain our goal of knowing Jesus Christ (the most important goal in our lifetime), many of us are often reluctant to share this news with others for fear of being persecuted, ridiculed, left out, etc. In Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus tells us: "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Jesus is encouraging us to be proud of him, to let everyone see the good work He is doing in us. God wants all the glory for the good works we do, but He can't get it if we hide our faith and the source of our success.
Jesus also tells us in Matthew 10:32-33 - "Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven." I don't know about you, but I don't want to be disowned by Christ. Nothing anyone can do or say to me here on Earth can ever be worse than that.
In Matthew 5:11, Jesus tells us: "Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account." I know it's hard to subject ourselves to persecution, but it's nothing compared to the persecution Jesus suffered for us. So light your lamp and display it proudly for all to see, don't hide it, be a beacon of light that draws others closer to Christ, much the way a light house leads sailors safely to harbor.
Just like you celebrate lighting of the lamp in a game, celebrate your faith and eternal victory in Christ with your teammates, friends, fans, and others. Be proud and give all the glory to God.
- How do you feel when you score a goal in a big game?
- Do you ever feel this way when you think about Jesus Christ, and what He has done for you?
- Do you feel equipped to share what Jesus has done in your life with others?
- Who can you share Jesus with on your team, or at school or work this week?
- Pray about sharing the truth and Jesus Christ with someone this week.
About the Author
Ken Paulin, Jr. is a banker in Buffalo, NY. Ken is a member of the FCA Hockey Leadership Board and Chairs the Buffalo Booster Club. Ken and his son Christopher, who is a goalie for Niagara University, have been involved with FCA Hockey since 2008 and were baptized together at an FCA Hockey Camp.
Posted on Tue, October 6, 2015
by Rick Randazzo