“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lamp stand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.” – Matthew 5:14-15
Light is a beautiful thing. When a room is dark and everything seems invisible, a light will make all things visible. Light has a way of bringing everything into focus and allows us to discern shape, color, texture and more. Interestingly, when God first created the world, He called light into existence before everything else. Light allows us to see the path ahead of us. When a boat gets lost in the middle of the sea, the light emanating from a lighthouse can help him find his way back to dry land.
God calls His children, those who believe in the name of His Son, the light of the world. We are just as important to the world as the lighthouse is to a lost boat. We are to bring light to others so they can see the path that leads to God. God admonishes us to be the light and to stand tall, refusing to hide the beauty that we are meant to reveal. In fact, it is our responsibility to light the way and reveal to others the love and character of God. It is our responsibility to show others what God can do for them and what they can do for God. Our light must shine so God can shine before others.
Our light is but a reflection of God’s light. So if we deny the world our light, we deny it the opportunity to meet and know God. We were meant to shine brightly. Not for own sake or glory but for God’s sake and for His glory. The true Light of the world is Jesus. As His followers, we are must illuminate the darkness so others can come out of the world and its sinful ways to embrace the ways of the Lord.
In our homes, we are the light. In our workplace, we are the light. Before our friends and family, we are the light. In our communities, we are the light. So shine your light so others can find the way out the dark maze they are lost in, and come into a loving relationship with God. We live in a world marred with violence, racism, hatred, and all kinds of evil. The world is blind and desperate for your light. So shine your light. Who knows? God may use your light to guide someone to Heaven.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for the Light without whom I never would have found my way to you. Help me to follow in the example of Jesus and be a light in this cold and dark world. In spite of the circumstances, help me to always shine bright so others may see my good works and glorify you. May your name be praised now and forever, in Jesus’ Name, Amen.
1 John 1:7
October 07, 2018