Light of the World
Christmas lights are everywhere during the holidays. They are by far one of my favorite parts about decorating. If it were up to me, I might keep the Christmas lights up year ‘round!
In John 8:12, Jesus says, “I am the Light of the world.” This is the second of seven “I AM” declarations of Jesus recorded only in John’s gospel. Just as a candle dispels darkness, so does the Light of Jesus Christ—His light illuminates what is truth and exposes what is not.
Jesus also refers to His followers as the light of the world. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16
I have loved this passage ever since I was a little girl. The idea of shining on behalf of the Lord makes my heart come alive. I adore the fact that because of Jesus, people can look at us and see something different. I pray this is true for my life and I pray it’s true for yours.
The way we live should be an on-going witness to the reality of how Christ has changed us; a certainty of His presence in our lives. Remember that it’s not our job to necessarily “save” people—that’s the Holy Spirit’s job. We are called to REFLECT Jesus Christ to the world. We are commissioned to serve, speak, live, love and do as Jesus did on earth. Did you know that the moon isn’t bright on it’s own, but that it is merely a reflection of the sun? Similarly, it is when we are reflecting the “Son” of God that we shine most brightly.
When we worship God with pure hearts and love others as ourselves, we radiate a supernatural light. Remember, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” (Ephesians 5:8) Make a point to live as children of light during the Christmas season in all of your interactions and relationships. After Christmas, the lights come down, but our light should always continue to shine.