Light Up the Block, Y’all: Shining Bright Through Service

But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, giving thanks to his God.<br />


“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.”

Matthew 5:16 (ESV)


We’ve all heard the “be the change” saying, but sometimes it feels limited to our immediate surroundings. Matthew 5:16 throws down a global challenge: “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.” (ESV) This ain’t about personal holiness; it’s a call to action, a chance to illuminate the world with Christ’s love through impactful service.

Forget the darkness shrouding your town – let’s think bigger! Imagine the entire planet dimmed, pockets of struggle scattered across the globe. Now, picture yourself holding a single candle. Small, right? But what if people joined you, each a beacon in their corner of the world, connected by invisible threads? Together, we could push back the darkness, creating a wave of hope that transforms lives and communities – that’s the power of global service!

Serving ain’t about location; it’s about rolling up your sleeves. Step outside your comfort zone, identify needs in our global community, and offer your time, talents, and resources to make a real difference. We’re talking about everyday acts of compassion that weave a beautiful tapestry of love and hope. Maybe it’s translating educational materials for an orphanage overseas, advocating for others in need, or donating to a clean water initiative. These acts, big or small, become brushstrokes painting a brighter picture for humanity.

Remember, community isn’t defined by miles.  The Lord has woven us together – we’re one global family united by Christ! Don’t limit yourself to just your neighborhood.  Keep in mind that a community is not a physical place!  There should not be a specific mile radius that we call our community. When we break it down the actual definition is “a group of people living together in one place, especially one practicing common ownership.” the earth is “one place” and common ownership is Christianity!  So stop limiting yourself to only serving your local community that is within 20 miles of where you live! Let’s start serving our global community!

Here’s your battle plan for becoming a global beacon:

  • Be a Global Sherlock: Research! What are the pressing needs around the world? Is it access to education, clean water, healthcare, or something else? Maybe there’s a surge in displaced families needing basic supplies, or a lack of educational resources in developing countries. Identifying these needs is the first step to becoming part of the solution.


  • Find Your Global Service Superpower: We all have unique skills that can be used to serve globally. Maybe you’re a web developer who can build a website, a graphic designer who can create fundraising materials, or a writer who can craft compelling social media posts to raise awareness. There’s a place for everyone to serve, so find something that ignites your passion. Don’t be afraid to explore different volunteering opportunities until you find a cause that tugs at your heartstrings.


  • Start Small, Dream Big: Don’t feel pressured to solve global issues overnight. Begin with something manageable, like donating a small amount of time or money to a cause you care about, participating in a fundraising event, or spreading awareness. Even small acts of service can spark a ripple effect of positive change on a global scale. Maybe you organize a book club, in-person or virtual where you read books and donate proceeds to a program. Remember, impactful service is a marathon, not a sprint. Start where you are, with what you have, and trust that God will use your efforts to make a difference.


Here’s the key: impactful service ain’t about bragging or recognition. It’s about glorifying God through our actions. Let your good works shine brightly, inspiring others to join you in lighting up the world with Christ’s love. Don’t seek praise; focus on the act of service itself, knowing the true reward comes from serving others and reflecting God’s love globally.

Global service is a commitment, not a one-time act. Find a cause you care about and dedicate yourself to it. Maybe you partner with an organization for ongoing support, or rally your community for a monthly volunteering session. Consistency is key – to be a beacon of hope, you gotta keep your light shining!

This service journey will have bumps. There will be challenges, and you might feel discouraged. That’s okay! Don’t let it dim your light. Lean on your faith, draw strength from the global Christian community online, and keep pushing forward. Even a small candle can illuminate a dark room. You might not change the entire world overnight, but you can certainly brighten the corner you’re in – and that corner can stretch across the globe!

Imagine the impact! A doctor in Chicago using her skills to provide virtual consultations to patients in underserved communities. A programmer in Berlin creating educational apps for children about bible stories. A lawyer in Rio de Janeiro offering pro bono legal aid to those in need. These are just a few examples of how your unique skills and passions can serve a global need.

The beauty of global service is that it breaks down barriers and unites us in a common purpose.  Distance doesn’t have to limit the impact you can make.  With the power of the internet, you can connect with causes and people across the globe, sharing not just resources but also hope and inspiration.

So, let’s get out there and light up the world, y’all! Let your service be a testament to the transformative power of Christ’s love. Together, we can create a world bathed in compassion, where hope thrives, needs are met, and God’s glory shines brightly through the acts of love we offer one another. As we answer this call to serve, we illuminate the path for others and create a world that reflects the unwavering love and hope of Christ.

Let’s go make a difference, one act of global service at a time!



Heavenly Father,

As we gather together today, our hearts are stirred by Your Word and Your call to shine Your light through service. We come before You, recognizing the immense privilege and responsibility we have to be Your hands and feet in a world in need.
Thank You, Lord, for the challenge You present to us in Matthew 5:16, to let our light shine before others so that they may see our good works and give glory to You, our Father in heaven. Help us, O God, to rise to this challenge with courage and compassion.

Lord, we confess that sometimes the needs of the world can feel overwhelming, and we may not know where to begin. But Your Word reminds us that even small acts of service can make a difference when offered with love and humility.
As we reflect on the analogy of holding a single candle in a darkened world, we are reminded of the power of collective action. Help us to join together with others, both near and far, to push back the darkness of injustice, poverty, and despair.

Lord, guide us in our efforts to become global beacons of Your love. Give us wisdom to identify the pressing needs around the world and to discern how we can best use our time, talents, and resources to address them.
Grant us the courage to step outside our comfort zones, to dream big, and to trust in Your provision as we seek to make a difference in the lives of others. Remind us that our service is not about seeking recognition or praise but about glorifying You and reflecting Your love to a hurting world.

Lord, when we face challenges or discouragement along the way, help us to lean on our faith and to draw strength from the global Christian community. May we be encouraged by the stories of others who are making a difference and inspired to continue shining Your light in our corner of the world and beyond.

As we answer Your call to serve, may our actions illuminate the path for others and bring glory to Your name. May Your love and hope shine brightly through us, transforming lives and communities for Your kingdom.
In the name of Jesus, who showed us the ultimate example of sacrificial love through His service, we pray.



Dan Greer