Tonight's passage came from Luke 4:
The passage that Jesus reads from the scroll here comes from a passage in Isaiah, prophesying about what's to come. Jesus, when reading this passage, seems to be saying that these things -- freedom for prisoners and sight for the blind -- are happening right now. He says that this is what happens when light is brought to the world.
Tonight, we also got to hear from four members of CCF who are actively bringing light to the world around us: Katie Carlson, Sam Derry, Kori Alejandro, and Nia Rich.
Katie spoke of simple obedience: this idea of just saying yes to opportunities. Katie has had the chance to bring light to several different countries, and has realized how she has purpose in these areas even when she doesn't see it at first. Through these opportunities, Katie has seen how God can use our yes for a greater purpose.
Sam spoke of his experience with the MLK service trip last year, and how that has influenced his decision to serve in Sierra Leone this summer. He explained that all of the things that we've been given, like time and money, aren't really ours to begin with. To Sam, serving also means trusting God, and he shared Proverbs 3:5-6 with us:
Kori shared her summer experience in Peru, and how she has had multiple opportunities just this summer to serve God. Kori explained how serving meant helping the community around her and getting to be a part of something bigger than what she sees.
Nia told us about how passions can be transformed by God's intervention. Nia initially thought that service was just something that looked good on paper. She soon realized, though, that she had the opportunity to serve the next generation. Nia is involved with City of Refuge, where she tutors kids every week. She explained that it's her duty to be a role model to these kids, and how showing others love was a direct result of getting to experience God's love herself. Nia also shared Proverbs 11:25:
God sees the darkness in this world, but he offers us hope and light. He tells us to be reflectors of this light and bring heaven to earth. Through the stories that we heard tonight, we are presented with this challenge: to ask ourselves what we are doing to bring the light to our world.