“You are the light of the world,” Jesus said, as He took in the faces of all those surrounding Him.
There was James and John, Joanna and Mary. There were nameless disciples and future pillars of the church. They all took in the Teacher’s words.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
God gets the glory.
There Jesus was, the Light of God shining brightly before them, dispelling the doubts and the confusion from their hearts, preparing them for the calling of a lifetime.
This Little Light of Mine
I’m reminded of a candle.
When I was a missionary kid in Romania, the electricity often went out with the slightest threat of a thunderstorm. My mother had candlesticks and matches stashed away, so we were always prepared when we saw the sky darken with rolling clouds.
We’d spend the evening together around the kitchen table, eating dinner by candlelight, washing dishes in the dimness, playing a game or swapping stories as the lights flickered on our faces.
And when it was time for bed, we each picked up a candle and walked our separate ways.
In the darkness of the long hallway, my candle cast long shadows, illuminating both the steps in front of me and the world around me. That little light didn’t seem too impressive as it sat in its holder on the kitchen table, but taken into darkness, it shone brilliantly.
Lights in the World
As the disciples went out into the world, they each took the Light within them wherever they went.
Priscilla corrected and taught solid doctrine to eager disciples alongside her husband Aquilla.
Lois? She quietly raised her daughter in the fear of the Lord, and eventually her grandson Timothy too.
Lydia opened her spacious home to traveling apostles, practicing hospitality with eternal impact.
Tabitha? Hers was a simple ministry of sewing clothes for the poor without much fanfare or publicity.
There were some who shone more prominently than others, but all who had the light of Jesus dispelled the darkness around them with the brilliance of the Gospel.
Lit Up to Light Out
“Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” John 8:12
I wonder sometimes what difference my little light makes.
The potato soup dinners and comforting words to my husband, the picking up of refrigerator letter magnets and the scribbles of words on a screen… that little light feels inconsequential compared to the floodlights beaming on huge stadiums of nationally-known blogs and ministries.
But God does not measure our brightness by anyone else’s wattage. He simply calls us to be faithful in illuminating the darkness surrounding us by living and loving others to Jesus.
“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that this all-surpassing power is from God, and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:6
God lit us up so that our light may go out. His light shines in our hearts and it is sufficient for the task He has called us to. A million-watt floodlight in a tiny apartment would be blinding, not comforting. God has equipped us for precisely the ministry He has called us to, whether or not our work will ever receive national acclaim.
So let your light shine, dear friend. Let the Light in you cover all your imperfections and all your insecurities. Let it pour out into the lives of your family, your coworkers, the lunch lady, and the guy who cut in front of you in traffic.
Because Christ in you is the hope of glory and light eternal.Leave a Comment