“The innocent little boys turned into the most vicious, terrible things I have seen in my life,” Gordon said. They were hitting and shoving each other, and soon turned to using sticks and stones to inflict maximum harm.
“And you know what I did?” Gordon asked.
“I just stood there and watched. I knew I should have done something, but I just stood there.”
Gordon said that’s how many of us react when we sense a need to step up.
Gordon had the students read Matthew 5:14-16.
There are three ways to think about “the world,” Gordon said. It can be physical geography, the place where you are. The world is also systems and kingdoms, such as business, government, entertainment or science. And finally, the world is also the inner circles in which we find ourselves – the family members, friends, sports teammates or co-workers.
If we are commanded by Jesus to be a city on a hill, to be a light to the world, it could be in any one of those ways, he said.
Gordon asked students to bow their heads and spend 30 minutes in silence with God, thinking about “one person in your life you have a relationship with, who needs someone to step in and be a light.”
It might seem daunting to consider it, “but if not you, then who?”
Jesus commanded us to be light to the world, “not just to open doors and hand soup to people,” he said.
“When Jesus calls us to follow him, he wants us to reflect him. To be a light, you must reflect Jesus. And if he is not king of your life, how can we establish his kingdom in this world?”
Gordon said there are several reasons why he stays on the sidelines. Sometimes, he forgets his calling, and slips into thinking that “believing in God does it, I’ve got my ticket to heaven.”
Sometimes he doesn’t step up because he’s afraid of persecution – which in Canada is seldom life-threatening, he admitted.
“So what am I really afraid of? What is really keeping me on the sidelines, so God is not glorified in my life? It’s a friend saying something negative about me. It’s a friend making an assumption about me.”
When another Sunday school teacher saw the chaos outside with Gordon and the little boys, she came running out, yelling. To Gordon’s surprise, she was mad at him.
When he protested and said he didn’t know what to do, she said, “Just do something.”
Gordon said that’s the secret. “When you take the first step, God can use it. You have no idea how God can use that little step and perhaps change eternity for someone. And if not you, then who?
“Someone in your life got off the sidelines and was a light for you. I hope the domino effect doesn’t stop with me, or stop with you.”
Student praise team, Elucidate, led worship with “Desert Song,” “Holy Spirit,” “Heroes,” “One Way,” and “I am Free.”
Here is the message in Mandarin, with many thanks to Yanyan Wu.
马太福音 5:14-16 你们是世上的光。城造在山上是不能隐藏的。 人点灯，不放在斗底下，是放在灯台上，就照亮一家的人。 你们的光也当这样照在人前，叫他们看见你们的好行为，便将荣耀归给你们在天上的父。」
回到讲员的经历，当他在一旁傻傻的看着孩子们打架时，主日学负责人冲出来吼叫说"Mike,你在干什么?" 他沮丧的说:"我不知道该怎么做。" 她说:" 你总要做些事，哪怕一点也好。" 是的，作为基督徒，你可能改变不了大局面，但当你愿意做一点做一点再做一点就改变了整个世界。