Imagine yourself a flashlight. Better yet, a lighthouse.
Especially on dark stormy nights, those on boats can find their way back to safety because of you. Lighthouses are built really high—so their bright turning lights, blinking at every 72-second interval—can be seen even by those from afar.
Jesus warns us in Luke11:35, “Be careful lest the light in you be darkness.”
The world has become darker with the covid pandemic and the failure or helplessness of political leaders and their governments to fully address it.
In for a surprise? Greater darkness is expected as we near the end of days.
Jesus warned of those days in Matthew 24. Along with the love of many getting cold—those turning away from the faith and sound doctrine and more people following their own version of the truth—would come calamities, disasters, earthquakes, and famines leading up to the great tribulation.
Even as these situations threaten us, Jesus commands us to be light. Matthew 5:14, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”
Do you know that light is a wave? Which means light could “expand and radiate in all directions, interfere with other waves, bend around corners, carry energy and momentum and interact with matter,” wrote Rhett Allain on the Wired Website.
Wow! Light, therefore, is a force, something you can’t fiddle with or take lightly. That’s why it could not be hidden. Light is just unstoppable!
Speaking to His disciples in Matthew 5:14-16, Jesus said: “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 a 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.”
If Jesus says you are light, then you are light. Every believer is!
You have it in you to be a force for good, as you radiate love and compassion, show kindness and consideration for others, demonstrate patience and goodness. You’re an agent of peace rather than of strife.
You being light should make it easier for people to breathe and see each day more brightly—in spite of the aches and pains and even death that we face on a daily basis.
Prayer: Lord, search my heart. Forgive me that I’ve not been much of a light. Especially when I am weak, let your Word lead me or direct me to more mature believers who could help me sort out my issues and unbelief. I commit my life to you, Jesus. I confess you as my Savior and my Lord. Amen.