by Rev. Mason Dorsey, Riviera UMC, St. Petersburg
“Are any of you that are called Methodists thus merciful to your children? Seeking to marry them well (as the cant phrase is); that is, to sell them to some purchaser that has much money, but little or no religion? Is then the light that is in you also darkness? Are ye, too, regarding God less than mammon? Are ye also without understanding? Have ye profited no more by all ye have heard? Man, woman, think what you are about! Dare you also sell your child to the devil? You undoubtedly do this (as far as in you lies) when you marry a son or a daughter to a child of the devil; though it be one that wallows in gold and silver.”
– John Wesley “On a Single Eye”
I know I’ve asked you to come in on a conversation already in progress. The above is from John Wesley’s sermon “On a Single Eye”.
His Scripture text is Matthew 6:22-23: “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”
The portion of the sermon included is one of his applications. And the application begs the question of us, what do we really want for our children? If life came down to two choices money or faith, which would we choose? If our eyes are focused on the light of Christ and letting that light shine to the whole world, then what would we most desire in our lives, in the lives of our children, for the churches where we serve, for the communities in which we live?
Do we desire to be holy such that we shine the light of Christ to everyone? And would we speak persuasively and favorably when something or some action or someone could help us have such a light to shine to everyone? Would we invest all our energies and time and resources towards those people or causes or events that make this light shine boldly and brightly and beautifully so that more can leave the light of darkness and live in the fullness of light?
This is what we as FLUME are focused on doing. We want to unite the clergy and laity of the Florida Conference around those who fill people with the fullness of Christ’s light. We want no one left in darkness or on the verge of entering a time of darkness because the light of Christ did not shine bright enough to pull them more into the light. Join us as we seek to light more lamps and help the clergy and laity of our conference stay fixed with a single eye.