Yesterday, my husband and I went looking for a lamp for our office. No big deal, right? That’s what I thought at first. I now know that when you buy a lamp it is difficult because you want so many things from it. Style, practicality, low price, long cord and reliability all play a part in the choice. There are so many shapes and sizes and colors that I decided to keep the lamp I have, which is very reliable! I just wanted a new style, I guess, but a lamp’s purpose is way more important than than how it looks.
This thought process leads me to think of the light of Jesus and what the purpose is. Without His light we would be in the dark for sure, leaving us without direction in a dark world. Making right choices of what or who we choose to follow in this world is so vital to our spiritual life! Jesus gives us the assurance that we can have several things: His light to follow, His light that lights the whole world and never-ending reliability. Isn’t it amazing when you think of it? He is the only 100% reliable light that never ends!
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life. Matthew 8:12 NIV
We NEVER have to walk in darkness. The decision to buy a lamp just dimmed a bit, lol! Buying a lamp just got a whole lot less meaningful and a lot less urgent for me. Something to consider… What do I do with the light He gives me? Do I use it to show others the way to Jesus? Do I shine it on me or on Him? Just being real. It is tempting, only to anyone who is breathing, to take credit, be noticed or draw attention to self. That is the way of the world, to shine upon ourselves, but Jesus wants us to shine out to others. He is our power source! He says…
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 NIV
If there was ever a time that people needed light, it is now. Though it’s daunting to think we can shine others to the most wonderful thing in the world, we can!!
Glory point: With Jesus in us, we can affect those who need to know the Lord. The dark of the world is a golden opportunity to shine His light. Pray and then look, today, for an opportunity to brighten someone’s day. Do something unexpected and kind to someone who needs it! I will pray for and look for the same opportunity:)
You are so awesome! Thank you for shining the light so we can see. Help us to also share that light to others. Give us inspiration and positivity to be what the world needs. Fill us up to overflowing so we cannot help but spill Your light all over! We love You so much. Thanks for even considering to let us serve You. Amen
Just me. Just His.