Lights In The Darkness

“You are the light of the world. A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

Matthew 5:14-16

Here’s a question for you. Is the moon a light? Some people might say, “No, because the moon doesn’t produce its own light, it simply reflects the light of our sun.” While others might say, “Well sure it is! Who cares where the light comes from! If there’s light then it’s a light!”

If you read last week’s “Bytes of Bread” you might remember that God will often use light and darkness to describe the difference between people who know God’s forgiving love and those who don’t. Anyone who is apart from God is living in darkness. Their sins leave them blind and helpless. They’ll never find heaven on their own.

The sad thing is all people are born “apart from God.” We’re all born into darkness. And so the last thing you’d expect Jesus to call US is the light of the world! Especially when you consider what he says in John chapter 8! “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” If imperfect people like you and me are born in darkness and can do nothing to save ourselves… If Jesus’ love and forgiveness provide us with all the light we need… Then how can Jesus call US the light of the world!

Well, we’re kind of like the moon. Jesus’ love and forgiveness shine in this world of sin and darkness. He is the only source of light. And yet that doesn’t mean he’s the only light. When we reflect the love and forgiveness Jesus has shown to us, then we are also lights!

And much like the moon, the only way this light won’t be seen, is if it’s covered up. So don’t cover it up! Let the forgiveness and love that Jesus freely gives to you reflect off of you for all to see!

Blessings on the rest of your week,

Pastor Z.