Bringing the Light of Christ to Our World
Luther describes how the result and meaning of the Gospel in our lives is to love and serve our neighbor. We use this language with such frequency that it can often become stale, non-descript, and generic. What does it really mean to love and serve our neighbor? The season of Epiphany is particularly illustrative…for the themes of light and darkness speak precisely to what Luther means. There is real darkness in our world, and not just “out there somewhere” or even in the news. There is very real darkness in very close places: in our family, in our neighborhood, in our workplace, in our society. We face it every day.
How does the light of Christ transform our lives? How does it enlighten our world?
In this series, and throughout the Epiphany season, we will explore what it means to bring the light of Christ into the very real dark places in our lives. Each week we will unpack a new dark place, explore how it impacts our world, and prayerfully consider what it means to bring the light of Christ with us into our world.
Central to this series is Luther’s four “estates” or spheres of life that God has established and called us to: the church, the household/family, the state, and “the common order of Christian love” (which refers to the places where people of different estates informally interact with each other). These spheres are the places we are to live our life of faith in Jesus.