Jesus Teaches about Light: 3030 Challenge #Day 2
YOU ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD…
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.” (John 8:12)
“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)
He said to them, “Do you bring in a lamp to put it under a bowl or a bed? Instead, don’t you put it on its stand? (Mark 4:21)
- makes things visible
- Exposes the nature of a thing
- Brings awareness and enlightenment
- Symbolizes purity
- Can be used to describe something of someone outstanding
Can you hide a city that is sitting on top of a hill?
Light cannot be hidden; and it is not supposed to be.
Jesus calls us “the light of the world” First of all, we must understand that ‘He’ Jesus is Light. Speaking in John 8:12, Jesus said “I am the Light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life”
This is an open invitation for us all, to follow Jesus.
Jesus is Light,- He bestow the same quality on ‘whoever’ follows Him. This is not restricted to only ‘believers’, but it is open to all, anyone who decides today to follow Jesus, receives the light of God, and become a light to the world around them.
We are the light of the world, by reason of our relationship with God.
As Light, we are to:
- make the truth of God’s word visible,
- help others become aware of God, and His love for mankind,
- witness for Christ
- let others see Christ through us- in our words or deeds,
- be different from the crowd.
As Christians, if we live for Christ, we will glow like lights, showing others what Christ is like. At all times and in all circumstances and conditions, whether convenient or not; let the beauty of Jesus be seen in you. Avoid doing or saying things that will make the world mock God, or see Him as a mean, unloving, unconcerned Father.
We should not keep the benefits of our relationship with God for ourselves alone. Paul admonishes us in Philippians 2:1-5, to be like-minded, having the same love which we have received towards others, to do nothing out of selfish ambition, but to consider others. We are to consciously share our experiences and all that we have received from God with others. We are to unconditionally pass on to others that which we have received from Christ.
Many Christians today are hidden from sight, reluctant to be identified as Christians. Some have so become like the world that you have to look really close to be able to tell if there’s any difference between them and the unbelievers. Such a Christian is like a new light that never leaves the carton it came in; or like a light that has been gradually darkened by webs of pleasure and love for the things of the world.
If a lamp doesn’t help people to see, it isn’t worth much. Likewise, if as Christian, we are not able to help others see Christ through us, we aren’t worth much.
Jesus teaches us to be full of good works, not just good words. “let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” By this command, we are to be practical Christians. We are to walk our talk. We shouldn’t just be people who go about the streets with our Bibles and megaphones telling everyone who cares to listen about Jesus; when our lifestyle and relationship with others is nothing to speak of. By way of emphasis, please let us walk towards walking our talk, synchronizing our words with our actions so that we will not cause others to mock the name of God, or lead them astray.
You are the light of the world. Never forget that. Live as light. Walk as light. Shine for others to see.
Does you your life show other people how to find God and how to live for Him?
If not, ask what ‘bowls’ has hidden your light. Complacency, resentment, embarrassment stubbornness, disobedience, playing along with the crowd, being quiet over issues you should speak up, ignoring others and their needs, sin of any kind could keep one from shining.
What do you need to do to let your light shine?
Ask the Lord to reveal things in your life that makes your light hidden, and causes you not to shine. Ask Him to work on those areas. Resolve to consciously let others see Christ through you.