Have you ever had this experience? You get to the office, flip the switch on your lamp and nothing happens? You try again and again; you even check the bulb, nothing! So you’re standing there scratching your head then finally it dawns on you. You reach down, grab the power cord, and plug it into the wall and voilà! The light is shining!
Jesus tells us in the Sermon on the Mount: “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 in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14–16)
The Apostle Paul reminds the Ephesian brethren: For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light. (Ephesians 5:8)
In New Testament times light was very important. Light didn’t come as easily as it does for us today. They didn’t have electricity; you couldn’t flip a switch and turn the lights on, there were no street lamps everywhere lighting the way in the dark, no flashlights that could be easily turned on, no CELLPHONES that you could use as a flashlight. NO! Light was a VERY valuable commodity. Paul says, “WALK as children of LIGHT”; Jesus says, “YOU are the light of the world…let your light SHINE…” How do we do that? How do we get our light to shine?
That begins with the understanding that our light shines when it is connected to the source.
Why couldn’t we get our office lamp to turn on? It wasn’t connected to the power-source. We had the right equipment, the bulb was intact, it looked really good, but it wasn’t connected to the POWER-SOURCE. In the same way OUR power source is God. We ILLUMINATE because of our relationship with the source.
As Christians, God wants us to be the “light of the world”. He wants us to be good examples to the world about what it means to be a disciple of Christ. He wants it to be clear to everyone around us that we are different because we walk in the Light.
Being children of light, being the light of the world, letting our light shine only happens if we: 1) Love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, strength and mind (Luke 10:27). 2) Obey God and His Word. Jesus said, “if you love me, you will keep my commandments” –John 14:15. And sure we could go thru all the motions of obedience, but if my hearts not right I’m as UNPLUGGED as that office lamp. My light does not shine! Or if I CLAIM to love God (even if I’m sincere in that) and I’m not obeying His Word I’m also UNPLUGGED.
Is your light shining?
- Is your light shining at school, work, or at the ball-field?
- Is your light shining by the way you dress? The clothes you wear? Or are you too concerned about looking like everybody else?
- Is your light shining by the language you use? Do you take the Lord’s name in vain with those three little letters “OMG” that you just texted to your friend?
- Is your light shining on Facebook, Twitter, etc? Are your posts full of “light” or reveal the darkness you are truly living in?
- Is your light shining by what music you choose to listen to?
- Is your light shining by what movies you go to with your friends? When they want to go see a movie that you KNOW is inappropriate do you just go along?
Our light must shine in EVERY part of our lives. EVERY decision we make we need to ask: Is this walking in the Light or am I now unplugged walking in darkness? WE are the LIGHT of the world let us live then as CHILDREN of the light! (END)
Aaron C. Andrews – The Gospel Power, June 2014