When I was nine, I was afraid of the dark. I can remember the closet in my bedroom…how it had sliding doors, and how I would walk over and shut them tightly before turning off the light. In fact I had a bedside lamp and I would turn that on first. Then I would inspect the inside of my closet thoroughly and check around the room and underneath the bed. Then I’d turn off the overhead light, get in my covers, and only then, after getting all situated, when all was clear, would I turn off the light.
It’s hard to explain the irrationality of a child’s fear, but I can assure you it was real. And I have become more sympathetic to others who have that fear, especially my own children.
But one thing I did know, even at 9 years old, was that light dispels darkness. As soon as I turned the light on, the darkness would leave, and everything became clear. I could see. I could find the things I was looking for and confirm the absence of the things I was afraid of, and what a comfort it was to have light.
When Jesus came to this earth, He was the light of the world. And He said if we follow Him, we will have the light. As representatives of Him we become the light of the world as we actively live out our faith and follow in His example. We become like a city situated on a hill, light that cannot be hidden. Our very presence brings hope and a chance for others to see goodness and notice love … a love they may have been longing for but hadn’t been able to see.
The love of Christ and the light of His truth shine through us and their rays penetrate out into the world.
And Jesus says, let your light shine!
Don’t be ashamed.
Don’t be intimidated.
Don’t cover your light to avoid others discovering it.
Let it shine.
Let it penetrate and dispel the darkness around you.
Let them see your good works.
Let them see how you love even when you’re treated unfairly.
How you’re kind and generous in situations of favoritism and injustice.
How you’re patient and self-controlled in the midst of irritation and inefficiency.
It is our choices that will ultimately be an example of Christ to the world and ultimately bring glory to God. And as our very lives reflect His light, He is glorified through us.
We live to bring Him glory.
This week may you be the light, reflecting that light to others, and bringing glory to God in the process.
We ARE the light of the world, to the glory of God the Father!
Every secret, every shame, Every fear, every pain Live inside the dark, But that’s not who we are, We are children of the day So wake up sleeper, lift your head We were meant for more than this Fight the shadows conquer death Make the most of the time we have left We are the light of the world We are the city on a hill We are the light of the world We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine We are called to spread the news Tell the world the simple truth Jesus came to save, there’s freedom in His Name So let it all break through
We are the light of the world We are the city on a hill We are the light of the world We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine We are the light of the world We are the city on a hill We are the light of the world We gotta, we gotta, we gotta let the light shine Bridge: We are the light we are the light we are the light So let your light shine brighter. We are the light we are the light we are the light
This week on to Matthew 5:17-18 (ESV)…
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