That’s what Jesus said to His followers, “You are the light of the world…” Matthew 5:14.
Can you imagine that? Here was a motley crew of farmers, fisherman, tax collectors and housewives in a tiny village in an obscure part of the world and Jesus is telling them they are the “light of the world.” What a crazy idea. Light of the world? That bunch? It must have sounded absurd at the time even to them. Only Jesus could have seen that through this humble group God would indeed change the world forever.
Now, do you want to hear something else really absurd? So are we. Jesus calls His followers today to be the light of our world. Can you believe that? Think about that for a moment. If we are followers of Jesus, we are the light of this world. But it is with a purpose we are lights.
A lighthouse steers ships from the rocks. A light bulb lights up a room. Light does not exist for its own glory but to brighten up the world. We are to be lights in the world, not calling attention to ourselves put pointing the way to God.
As followers of Jesus and “lights of the world” we have something the world cannot find anywhere else. What do we have the world can not find anywhere else; programs, productions, music, creative presentations, great words? What we have to offer a broken world and hurting, grieving people is not something, but Someone, Jesus.
We have the privilege and opportunity to shine His light of love and comfort to others. My wife, Iris, and I have received His light in a special way since our daughter, Crystal, died several years ago. In this BASIS ministry we now can pass the Light on to others.
We are not the source of our light. We are but reflectors of a much greater source. There is One who has touched and brightened our lives and given us the power and authority to do the same for others. Losing a loved one certainly brings darkness into our worlds, but may the light of Jesus pierce your darkness and allow you to sense the warmth and brightness of His love and presence again.