Message from the Alumni Director
“In the same way, let your light shine before others so they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
As we kicked off our Diamond Anniversary celebration during Convocation this past month, Dr. Lockwood identified for us three profiles of Christ as they related to the topic of “light." In keeping with our anniversary theme, 75 Years of Reflecting the Light of Christ, he encouraged us – students, faculty, and staff alike – to not forget our purpose in remembering the centrality of Christ in our mission.
In the 75 years of Multnomah’s history, from the inception up to this present day, our focus has been on the Savior. “In all of your study, your goal is to find Christ,” he charged our students. “If you graduate from Multnomah as a master of the Scriptures, and yet your relationship with Christ has not grown, then we have failed in our mission. Our focus, our goal, the great theme of Multnomah is that you would fall more and more in love with the Savior, Jesus Christ – the 'light' of the world.”
Three Profiles of Christ
In John 8, Christ introduces Himself as the “light” of the world and extends an invitation to whoever chooses to follow Him: “I am the light of the world; whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Dr. Dan then went on to remind us that not only is Christ the light of the world, but that He has also called us, as His ambassadors, to “be” the light of the world. We are to take His life giving message – a message of loving reconciliation into a darkened world that so desperately needs to hear it.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden, nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”
Dr. Lockwood summed up his message by reminding us that Jesus is the Light of the world. He is the life-giving Lord who gives that light to us, inviting us as His followers to share it. He is also the radiant Lamb of God – seated on the throne radiating light through His glory.
Challenge to Multnomah
As we seek to know Him through His Word, in recognition of who He is and who He has called us to be, let us not forget that it is only as we look to Him, that we become more like Him. It is in living lives surrendered and dependent on Him, that we are better able to showcase His glory. Our light shines the brightest when we are reflecting Him fully.
As Dr. Lockwood challenged us in closing our time together, I would also challenge you.
“Men and women of Multnomah, my application to you is simply this: be like Christ! Every day gaze upon the face of the Savior as you study the Word of God. Remember that He is the Light of the world and invites you to get to know Him through the study of His Word. Spend time with Him, with the prayer that you will become transformed into His image, and remember it is not an instant process. It is a step-by-step, day-by-day, lifelong process of being led by the Spirit of God, and of being immersed in the Word of God, to become like the Son of God. He invites you to be His follower – to be Spirit-led and Scripture-guided to produce good works so that others may glorify your Father in Heaven.”
As the world looks on in observance to how we live in singleness, marriage, parenting, business, illness, victories, and even defeats, may they see lives shining brightly.
Displaying His glory,
Michelle M. Peel, MA ’10, BA ‘00
Director of Alumni Relations
Multnomah Bible College and Biblical Seminary