It is hard to imagine how our life would function today without light. So much of what we do depend on it. Just this very weekend New York City experienced a major blackout in some areas of Brooklyn and other adjoining communities. The situation threw many people into a panic. No light meant suffering through extreme heat from temperatures that soared above 100 degrees. Sadly those conditions adversely affected some elder people. Some had to be rushed to emergency care. As the darkness prevailed over the city lots of people stumbled.
We must be very thankful that we have a light that shines in the blackest darkness. That light keeps us from not only stumbling but also from falling. The light is not just a source. It is a person-Jesus Christ. He is the light of the world. He is the light that has always illuminated this world. At creation his light was the first that shun on the world.
In the beginning God (prepared, formed, fashioned, and) created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and an empty waste, and darkness was upon the face of the very great deep. The Spirit of God was moving (hovering, brooding) over the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was light. And God saw that the light was good (suitable, pleasant) and He approved it; and God separated the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
– Genesis 1:1-5
The earth had absolutely no form. Nothing was on it. It laid in it’s primordial state. There was no light shining on it. Water was over everything. There was no sun or moon in the sky. Nothing but darkness. Then God spoke those wonderful words “LET THERE BE LIGHT!”. It a snap! Darkness was driven back. Light illuminated everything. All creation saw the light and rejoiced. It knew that it’s unformed frame was about to be molded and shaped into something of tremendous beauty.
This story of creation is also the story of you. Before you came to Jesus Christ you were in darkness. When God said ‘let there be light’ the darkness that crowded your life was driven out. The wonderful revelation of Jesus Christ came inside. Light brought awareness. He is needed more than the very air that you breathe. More than the food eaten daily. With the acceptance of Him as Lord and Savior light came within. When the light He came with treasures. Gifts and talents were placed within you. But there is a catch. Only without the light would they came inside gifts and talents were placed in you. As us. As we continue to abide in the Gifts and talents that manifest as we bask in the glorious light of the Son.
When Jesus came into the world He announced that I am the light of the world (John 8:12). The glorious light that allows men to see in the darkness. Light that allows keeps you from falling. Light that keeps you from stumbling. As David reflected on the light and how it had kept him despite the mistakes made, he said, ‘Your words are a lamp unto my feet. A light to my path‘ (Psalm 119:105).
As you abide in his Word the light fills your innermost being and begins to flow out of you. Darkness begins to get pushed back. Like the full moon reflecting the sun, so do you reflect the radiance of His glory. As your light continues to shine men are drawn to the Son.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.
– Matthew 5:14-16
It’s it just great that Jesus THE LIGHT of the World turns around to you and I and says ‘you are the light let that light shine in the world’. He is saying do not cover it up. Do not dim it. Let it shine brilliantly.
Men need that light. Light is essential for the very survival of life as we know it. Empires rise and fall based on presence or absence. It has fueled the industrial age and the present technological age. Places such as the Arctic and Antarctic circles that experience very long periods without light give us just a brief glimpse of what will occur if light is absent from the world. Vegetation will die. The land will become barren. Survival will be a struggle. Post-apocalyptic movies play to this troupe so well. Most show humanity on the brink of extinction. People are driven mad from the absence of light. These are but mere hypothesis of what will occur. We do not have to speculate as we look at the world we can see the darkness. Humanity desperately needs the light.
Be the light. You are the expression of His light. Magnify God by shining your light in the world around you.
You may feel intimidated to share but there is much that can be shared. God has done many wonderful things for you. Think about them. Share those with the world. Be an example where you are planted. In your field, strive to be the very best. Provide a helping hand to those around you. Let people see you blossom. Let them see your transformation. Share all that God has done for you.
Live every day in expectation of His goodness, grace, love and mercy. God will meet that expectation. Your joy will be full! (John 16;24). Then let the rewards of living in His light be reflected through you.
As Jesus reflected the Father. Reflect Him to the world. “Let your light so shine that men will glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Let this be your highest expression of gratitude. Selah!