Sit in your room, at night, all lights off, blinds closed and look at how dark it is. That is what some people’s days look like all the time. That’s what our days look like without Christ. Darkness is the absence of light. The world we live in is DARK. Imagine running through a forest with roots, branches, briars, trees, and rocks in pitch black. We would stumble, we would fall, we would get beat up. It would not be safe to do! We would need a LIGHT!
This world is so dark, people NEED a light to be able to see. Jesus said, “I am the light of the WORLD. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12. As we walk in the darkness, our light is God’s word: “Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.” Psalm 119:105. We can either run through the dark forest without a light, or we can run with a lamp guiding our every step.
We have the light of Christ inside of us and when we are loving others as he commanded us to, we are holding up that light that draws people, not to us, but to the light we are holding, to Christ.
The definition of light is: the natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible. When we are walking around as lights we make things VISIBLE. People become visible, their hurts, their loneliness, their struggles. With the light of Christ inside of us, we are commanded to love others intensely. That means we can shine a light into their darkness. We can visit them in their loneliness so they don’t feel so alone. We can say, “I struggle with anger too” so their darkness doesn’t overcome them.
If you were sitting in a pitch black room and there was a little light that turned on over in the corner, you’d go near it. Then another one comes on, then another, then another and before long the entire room is lit up. There is no more darkness.
WE are to be the LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
We are to bring Christ’s light into the darkness. If we were watching Google maps, every time we leave our house it should look like a little lamp driving out into the darkness, out of the driveway, through the neighborhood, in the car with our children, into the store. Every time we go out into the world we are among people walking around in darkness. Let your light shine. Help someone. Smile. Bless that waitress who’s a single mom with a big tip and Bible verse for her on the receipt. Speak gently to your children. Invite the widow down the street to your Christmas Eve dinner. Buy a Bible for the friend at work whose little 5 year old is asking questions about God and they don’t know how to answer them. Give some of that bonus check away to someone who needs it more than you. Drop a note in the mail to a hurting friend to tell them God sees them and their hurts and that he is for them. Be a light, everywhere you go, be a light.
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine.