Volume 3, Day 55
The Mission Point Lighthouse was built in 1870 on a peninsula in Michigan, America, to warn ships of sand bars and rocky shores along the coastline. That lighthouse got its name from another kind of lighthouse, a church, which was built 31 years earlier.
In 1839 Rev. Peter Dougherty became pastor of a church that was made up of people who lived further south on the same peninsula. Under his leadership, a thriving community of farmers, teachers and craftsmen worked side by side to build a better life for the community.
When believers in Christ work together in unity, their work of faith provides spiritual light in the world’s darkness (Phil. 2:15-16). Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. . . . Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16).
The Mission Point Lighthouse warned ships of danger, but the original church provided spiritual direction to all who would listen. Believers do the same individually and through our churches. We are God’s lighthouse because Jesus lives in us.