To see a sermon is to hear a sermon
You are the light of the world.
A town on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl.
Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before others,
that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14 – 16 (NKJV)
In life we always hear interesting sayings or adages one of the adages that I have always found most interesting is the one at times parents say to their children, although not the most wisest of parenting methods, ‘Do as I say not as I Do’. This is essentially communicating, demonstrating and teaching our children to ignore one’s actions, words have no meaning and hypocrisy. If one ascribes to this parenting style it makes it difficult to teach them, to set an example and thus makes it hard as parent to lead by example. Furthermore this would seem to be contradictory and fly in the face of a wise adage often heard in the church and by Christians. The adage is ‘I would rather see a sermon then hear a sermon’. The very meaning of the message of this adage is in direct opposition and contradiction of ‘Do what I say not what I Do’ and of what we should be communicating to the world as followers and disciples of Jesus Christ.
If these two adages are contradictory of each other then which one is the correct one for a disciple of Christ to follow and ascribe to? To discover the answer to this question one must discover the meaning of these adages. When someone saids ‘Do what I say not what I do’ they are instructing or communicating the other person to ignore and disregard their action, behavior and conduct and only give credence or regard to the words that are said. On the other hand the message that is communicated with the adage of ‘I rather see a sermon than hear a sermon’ is sending a message that to the individual seeing the others’ actions and having lessons or teachings demonstrated and practiced before them is much more important, influential and profoundly persuasive than just empty words that may be heard. Following this adage is a requirement and oblatory part of our walk and faith as followers and disciples of Christ. For it is through the demonstration of the sermon of love, truth, hope, grace, mercy, redemption, forgiveness and salvation that we shine the light of Christ. Through shining the light of Christ we are fulfilling and achieving the Great Commission (Matthew 28:16 -18). Thus by going out and being fishers of men and women hearts and souls we are leading people to the Great Fisher of men and women and bring disciples of Christ.
As followers and disciples of Christ having the knowledge that the adage of ‘I wold rather see a sermon then hear a sermon’ is more aligned with our calling that we are to follow and ascribe to. We must consider how we can demonstrate a sermon that would serve in the accomplishing of the work of the Great Commission and of shining the light of Christ. Just as in parenting it often is what we demonstrate and our example we set before them that teaches the lessons or illustrates the sermons that are worth seeing, hearing and learning. In giving consideration to how we shine our light the answer is in how we must demonstrate Christ’s love, kindness, hope, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and His message of light, truth and salvation. All of these lessons and sermons of the light of Christ’s message can be demonstrated through limitless, diverse and eclectic actions, methods and practices of ministry to the world. A sermon of the truth, light of Jesus can be seen through kindness, encouraging words and treating other how we would want to be treated. Also we can be a good neighbor and love our neighbor and fellow man as we love ourselves. We can show love by being a friend and helping a neighbor or friend in need. We can also be charitable, we can volunteer and serve our neighbors, communities and fellow man. In serving our fellow man we can give to the poor, feed the hunger and give drink to the thirsty and provide nourishment to a starving world, we can open our homes and give shelter, we can give care and aid the sick. We can minster by being a friend to the lonely, friendless and broken hearted. We can give and serve our fellow man and the world by giving them the light, the answer and the true, everlasting, unconditional love of Jesus Christ.
In showing the world a sermon we are showing and shining our light, which is the light and truth of Christ and His love. His message of truth, love, peace, hope, grace, mercy, redemption, forgiveness and salvation is being given and presented before the world to be seen by all. In being servants to mankind we are demonstrating what we were called to do and Christ’s love for our fellow man. Through this we are achieving our calling as disciples of Christ and showing the world the love of Christ. Christ said the world would know us by how we love and show love. All of these lessons and sermons of the message and light of Christ should not be hidden away but shared and given to all to receive it and come to follow Christ. As believers and disciples of Christ may we always shine our light and the light and truth of Christ. May we always demonstrate and be an example of Christ’s love to mankind and the world. May we, as disciples of Jesus, exemplify, demonstrate and show the world and mankind a sermon that mankind and the world wants to hear and may that sermon always be of Christ’s light, truth, love, grace, mercy, forgiveness, redemption and salvation.