In the gospel of John, chapter eight, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” but in Matthew chapter five he told his followers that THEY were the light of the world. To me, the best way to reconcile these two Scriptures is to simply observe the moon on a clear night. The moon does not generate its own light, it simply reflects the light of the sun.
It’s encouraging to know that I don’t have to generate light on my own. Many days I don’t seem to have much light to offer anyone. The key to letting our light shine before others is to stay as close to Jesus as possible. When we abide in him and walk with him, the light of Jesus is reflected in our lives. In John chapter 15, Jesus said are unable to bear fruit unless we abide in him.
It seems our culture is getting darker and darker in terms of morality and brokenness. Our dark culture needs every Christian to shine brightly in our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, and the marketplace. Each of us is needed to shine our light for such a time as this!
Jesus makes it clear that light is meant to shine, we are not supposed to hide it. The life of a Christian is meant to be seen by others. There is no such thing as a secret follower of Jesus. Light is able to do many different things; it can guide, warn, illuminate and attract. Notice that Jesus did not say “you are the light of the church!” He said, “You are the light of the world!”
Reflections: Are you shining your light in your daily life in the world? Do you need to get closer to the Son? Are you abiding in Jesus and walking with him daily? Are you continually saturating yourself with his Word and conversing with him in prayer?
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life, so that in the day of Christ I may be proud that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.