Y’all Are the Light of the World
Hey y’all. I say and type y’all so much that my phone predicts it and autocorrects it if I spell it wrong. I said y’all when I lived in Missouri . . . it just became more socially acceptable when I moved to Texas. I’m not totally sure how “y’all” is received in Florida, but I’m excited to find out. Y’all is the second-person plural informal you. In the scriptures, we see more than 4,000 times that the second-person plural you is used; however, in our English translation, we translate it to “you.” When Jesus speaks regularly to a group of people, we read:
“You” are the light of the world.
But it is spoken to a group of people.
Over the last 500 years, there has been a huge swing—especially in the West—to make our faith incredibly personal and individualized.
So we hear it as:
“I” am the light of the world.
But I don’t think that’s what Jesus was saying. Jesus loves us individually and works in our lives personally, but our faith isn’t meant to stay that way. It’s supposed to include everyone. It is supposed to include y’all.
That is my hope in my own life and the communities I am a part of. My family and I could not be more excited to start this journey with y’all. We know there are incredibly unique things that make this community what it is, and we look forward to being a part of it. We are starting to connect with some of our missional partners and congregants, and we recently got to meet more of you face to face while we were in town. The work of the church is something Jesus calls us all to be a part of. Not just me. Not just you. But all y’all.
Y’all are the light of the world.