The light of the world
“YOU are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16
You are the light of the world! Do you feel like a light? Do circumstances in your life or in your day determine how “light” or “dark” you are? How do we become and permanently stay the light of the world no matter what is happening in our lives?
John 8:12 answers that when Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
So there it is. Jesus is our source of energy to keep us brightly shining... always. When I pray, I often ask for God to fill me with the love and light of Jesus Christ and let me, in turn, be a light to every person I encounter. This prayer is especially important on days when circumstances are not ideal in my life. I make it a habit to be aware of what circumstances are doing to my mood. If I release into and linger in frustration, aggravation, anger or worry, I will miss vital opportunities to let the light of Jesus Christ shine through me. I would never want to let that happen.
This is not to say that we will never experience negative emotions, but we do not want to linger in them. We need to learn to pause, breathe and give our cares to the Lord - asking for a fresh helping of abundant light. Then as we move throughout our day, we can specifically look for ways to bless others around us.
In retrospect, I have come to realize that my husband and my journey with the Lord actually began about a year prior to ever saying one prayer together, talking about God or going to church. Our faith journey began as we simply observed my husband's coworker, who was also our friend, start to become a happier person. He walked lighter, looked brighter and seemed so different. Literally, in fact, the dark circles under his eyes even went away. He seemed to shine. When my husband finally asked him what was going on, he said he found Jesus. He stopped drinking and doing other destructive habits. He lost like 20 lbs just from treating his body better. He listened to Christian music exclusively and started going to church, joined a men’s group, spent quiet time with the Lord every morning and remained steadfast in his prayer and Bible reading. And let me tell you… it really showed!
We watched him bloom into a happy, healthy, beautiful light. Shortly thereafter, his wife joined his journey. The energy was magnetic. I feel like during this time of observance, my husband and I were being primed for what was going to be a total and complete life change. We were never pushed, manipulated or judged. He had invited us to church and we respectfully declined. But we always remembered what a relationship with God had done in the life of our friend and eventually we knew if our marriage was to survive and thrive, that is exactly what we needed too. The natural result of our friends’ faithfulness eventually saved our lives and in turn so many others that have since been affected around us.
Please don’t ever underestimate what your light can do in the lives of others. In the scripture in John mentioned above, Jesus calls it, “...the light of life.” Our life, our behavior, our light can literally hold the keys to life or death to someone in our path. So, the questions we may want to consider is:
How bright is the light of Jesus in me?
Am I a lighthouse to be seen far and wide or am I a “lamp under a bowl,” hidden away for no one to see?
What are some ways I can step out and shine the love of Jesus Christ to others around me?
My prayer today is that the love and light of Jesus Christ shine abundantly in your life. I pray that you will boldly stand to shine far and wide like a lighthouse for all to see what the love of Jesus has done in your life. I pray for you to have bold and brave faith and to live it, breath it, and walk it out in your every day. You are loved. Stay encouraged.