“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:14-16
Last night I heard an awesome message preached by a minister name Martees Johnson titled, “Being a Light in a Dark World”. He spoke on the importance of being a light, and how our light is supposed to lead people to a relationship with Jesus Christ. As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all meant to shine brightly that others may be drawn to us, and then we are to point them to Christ. The example he used was the brightness feature on our cellphones; the brightness can either be turned all the way up, dimmed, or completely shut off. The lower the brightness gets, the harder it becomes for us to see the information, or the picture on the screen.
This message caused me to sit back, and evaluate the brightness of my own light. I thought about the things I say on social media, the conversations I have a work, the way I interact with my family, and the way I portray myself in the world. I asked myself, “Is my light shining as bright as it can? Is it dim in some areas, if so, which ones? Also, what situations, if any, cause me to turn my light off completely?” In myself I could not answer these questions, so I turned to God for insight.
In the passage above, Jesus talks about the brilliant power of our light. It cannot be hidden, it gives light to all who are in need of it, and it is to ultimately lead those it has touched to God, our Father in heaven. As followers of Christ we are to shine as bright examples of Christ in the earth, but the truth is our light is not always shining bright. Sometimes our light gets dim, and the dimmer our light gets the harder it is for the world to see a clear picture of who Christ is. In everything we do, there will always be someone watching us in the way we act, and react to life’s challenges. Our lives are able to shine brighter than we can even understand. There are people in my life that I have learned greatly from, not just because of what they said to me, but because of the light they had shone. People watch us on social media, people watch us on our jobs, and people even watch us in the grocery store. What do they see when they look at us? A brilliant light, or a dim reflection?
Are we perfect people? No. Will we always get things right? No. But we CAN be more intentional about the things we say and do. Minister Martees said, “We are to steward our light because others are always watching”. The word steward means to take care of, or manage a thing; so how are we supposed to steward the light that has been placed inside of us?
By spending time with God!
He is the only One that is able to polish us up like a shiny penny. Spending time with Him in prayer, in worship, and in reading the Bible, will bring a glow to our life’s that cannot be hidden. Being a brilliant light for God’s glory is pleasing in His sight. His desire is that all men and women would draw to Him, and be saved. It is up to us as believers to shine bright for all to see. We carry a light that pierces through the darkest of situations, and circumstances this world has to offer because Christ dwells on the inside of us, and He is the light that gives life to the world.
“In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.” John 1:4-5
When people see us they should see Him. Many people will never step foot inside of a church building to hear about the goodness of God, but they are able to experience people who have been transformed and made new by the power of Jesus Christ. It is our duty as followers of Christ to let our light shine before mankind, to love them, and lead them back to their Creator, to the Savior. Take some time today, and ask yourself, “Where is my brightness level at: bright, dim or off?” Put this question before God, and let Him examine every area of your life. He is always willing to place His hands on the areas we need work in.
“But now, O Lord, You are our Father; We are the clay, and You our potter; And all we are the work of Your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
I was once told that God does not get mad, or frustrated with us because He has to work on us because He is our Potter. A potter loves to work on their creations. They love to hold them in their hands, and smooth out the rough edges. They enjoy the sanding, and the polishing of a vessel they created when its image begins to tarnish. They know the image they desire to see, and are willing to work hard on their creations until they reach a place of perfection.
“being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6
We need to draw close to the Lord, be encouraged, and allow Him to polish us in all of the ways He desires so that our light can shine brighter than all of the stars in the night sky.
I am praying for you, and I love you all. I truly hope, and pray that this post has blessed you. If it has please leave a comment below. Thank you so much!