The Rainbow of Ministries Through the Prism of the Church

Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing any more, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck measure, but on the lampstand; and it gives light to all who are in the house.

John 8:12 “Again therefore Jesus spoke to them saying, ‘I am the light of the world; he who follows Me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life.’”

White light is composed of all of the colors of the spectrum of visible light, as is illustrated by passing white light through a prism. The prism separates the light into all the colors of a rainbow. If those colors are passed through a second prism, the colors recombine to become white light again. The first prism merely separated the colors that were already present. The second prism combined the visible colors of light in the proper proportions to produce the original white light.

The different colors of the rainbow are parts of the spectrum, and when our eyes combine those colors, our brains see white light. Jesus told us that when we follow Him, the Light, we have the light of life. As the unified body of Christ, we are like all those different, beautiful rainbow colors coming together in a prism, the church, to display that brilliant white, pure Light that is Jesus.

White light is reflected off objects when the colors of the spectrum are properly balanced. If one color is present more than any other, that color alone will show. If our church wants to reflect the light of Jesus to the world, all of us need to contribute to that effort. All of the ministries of the church must be balanced with each other; one is no more important than the others.

Heavenly Father, please help us to see that all of us are important in Your plan, and that we must work together as a united body in order to reflect Your Light to the world.

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Robin Helm's latest work is Understanding Elizabeth, a stand-alone Regency Romance. She joined three other JAFF authors for a best selling Christmas anthology - A Very Austen Christmas. After publishing all three volumes of The Guardian Trilogy: Guardian, SoulFire, and Legacy, she published the Yours by Design Series: Accidentally Yours, Sincerely Yours, and Forever Yours. She and her husband have two adult daughters, two sons-in-law, two granddaughters, a grandson, and a Yorkie Poo named Toby.

9 thoughts on “The Rainbow of Ministries Through the Prism of the Church

  1. Susan Kaye

    And balance is one of the most difficult things to achieve in any group in particular or the Body as a whole. Light is captive to its nature, our nature is captive to sin. Even when we’re free of sin through salvation, we long to remain separate.


  2. Robin Helm

    Balance is very difficult to achieve. Even within one ministry (such as music, handyman, The Closet, or Celebrate Recovery) there are different personalities and goals to deal with. People think that because it’s church, everything is supposed to be the way they want it.

    Our preacher is preaching a year-long series of sermons on the unity of the church, and this was one of the devotionals I wrote for the Life Group studies.


  3. Gayle Mills

    We each add color to ministry. Somedays I feel bold, like red. Other days, I’m definitely purple. But I always strive to be exactly what He needs me to be. When I achieve that “fit,” then I know I’m right where I need to be.


  4. Angantyr

    At the risk of stepping on peoples religion, I do not think ”original sin” is at all logical nor moral. The thought that mankind should be punished for the sins of their ancestors doesn’t make a lot of sense even if you only look at it very deeply with faith instead of reason; would a just and merciful god hold people accountable for something that they had no part of just because they are descendants of the wrong-doers? Inherited sin doesn’t seem very just or merciful and is not found within Judaism, the ancestor of Christianity.

    I am not saying that god doesn’t exist, and I am not saying that good is not ”YHWH” (though who is to say that he is not Brahman either? Or Ahura Mazda?), however, like Selby Spong, I do think that people have to re-evaluate modern Christianity (based on fallible scriptures with many errors. If they are inspired by god, they are not his complete doing) for a modern world. Modern morality is more complete than the morality of 1st Century AD, which is why most people are appalled by people declaring that homosexuals should be put to death, not so in Biblical times.


  5. Robin Helm

    Thanks for your input, Angantyr. I’m a little confused. The devotional wasn’t about original sin; rather, it addressed how we are supposed to use the gifts and talents given to us and work together as one body.

    I do not personally know anyone who has declared that homosexuals should be put to death, nor do I see a death penalty for homosexuality in the Scriptures. I would also like to point out that the devotional in no way referred to homosexuality or punishment for sin of any sort.

    By the way, our morality does not appear to have developed our great deal in my view. Oscar Wilde was jailed for sodomy not so long ago. “At the height of his fame and success, while his masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest (1895), was still on stage in London, Wilde had the Marquess of Queensberry, the father of his lover, Lord Alfred Douglas, prosecuted for libel, a charge carrying a penalty of up to two years in prison. The trial unearthed evidence that caused Wilde to drop his charges and led to his own arrest and trial for gross indecency with other men. After two more trials he was convicted and imprisoned for two years’ hard labour. In prison he wrote De Profundis (written in 1897 & published in 1905), a long letter which discusses his spiritual journey through his trials, forming a dark counterpoint to his earlier philosophy of pleasure.”
    That happened on the cusp of the twentieth century, not the first.

    Thanks for dropping by! You are always welcome here to share your ideas and your point of view.


  6. Robin Helm

    I’m a little puzzled by your post. The devotional did not address original sin or anything else negative. Instead, the focus was on cooperation between the members of the body (the church) and the Biblical instruction to value each other’s gifts, talents, and contributions.

    I personally don’t know of any Christians who are advocating that homosexuals be put to death. However, as late as the early twentieth century, Oscar Wilde was jailed for sodomy by a state government, not a religious group.

    Your comments are always welcomed here. It is interesting to hear different viewpoints.



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