Sunday Morning: The Light of the World
Okay. Now we’re ready to talk about light. Or should I say, now I’m ready. So what do people often say when they feel they can’t do something? When something’s to hard? They just don’t really believe in it or . . . just don’t want to do it? What did you come up with? I’ll give you five more seconds . . . ah, times up. The answer is, “It’s easier said than done.” I can’t count how many times I’ve heard that. I’ve said it countless times. When I can’t think of any other excuse, these are the words that come out of my mouth.
So it might be easier said than done. Saying you can jump a five foot fence is easier said than done. Telling yourself you’re going to get straight A’s is easier said than done. But what if we actually did what we think is to hard? What if we jumped that fence? (Okay you might effortlessly jump over a five foot fence, but my short legs find it very hard.) What if we got straight A’s all year? Think of the reward. All A’s . . . that’s something. Jumping over a fence: think of how great you’d feel knowing you did that. Like riding a roller coaster, ski-diving (I have never went ski-diving, but I still want to) or bungee jumping. While you’re doing this it’s not that fun, but after, that’s when it kicks in how awesome it was!
Now, how does being a light compare to all this? The other day I talked to someone about being a light to others, and he said it’s easier said than done. At the time it sounded like the hardest thing to do. But perhaps this was because we went about it the wrong way. When we think of being a light to others we probably think of presenting a perfect appearance. A perfect smile, a perfect conversation, a perfect outfit, a perfect attitude, the list could go on. If we think of it like this, it sounds very hard. Almost impossible. We could constantly remind ourselves of how we should act and still never get it right. Even if we did, our appearance would be fake. So, how do we do this the right way? Because we all know it’s possible.
1 John 1:5-6 says, “This message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is Light, and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.” We brought our hurt and shame to Christ, now we walk in the Light. (Psalm 56:13) If we walk in the Light then we have no darkness in us; because we walk in the Light we can be a mirror that reflects it.
There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it. Edith Wharton-
When we walk in the Light we don’t need to focus on presenting the perfect appearance: light already flows within us. If we maintain a straight path with Jesus, all these things that we consider hard, are already in action. If Jesus, the Light, lives in us than our smile is filled with love, our words clean, our clothing modest, our attitude jolly, our ears open, our actions kind. Not so much because we remembered this is how we’re suppose to act, but because this is who Jesus is. If we walk in the light then these things just come with us. We don’t even realize we’re doing them. Of course, we can also stray from the path and we won’t even notice it. That’s why it’s important to stay focused on Jesus; not on how we appear.
Like this, you might walk in the hall, you might help someone somewhere, you might smile to someone or say something nice, just doing what you always do; you may be a light to someone. Have you ever heard the song, “Somebody Follows You”? A short peace of it reads, “Somebody follows you, watching the things you do. Walk in the light and be pure in His sight, somebody follows you.” If you remember, a few weeks ago I told a story of how a woman shone out to me and she didn’t even realize it. That’s how we can be a light also. Walk in the Light, and the rest will follow.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Matthew 5:14-15
We are given the light. Lets not let it go to waste. We, the children of God, are the light of the world. We are all called to do something amazing for Christ. Whether we share the Gospel with just one person in our life, whether we raise incredible children, whether we travel the world spreading the News, or we start programs to help bring joy. Whatever it may be, it all starts by letting God’s light shine brightly through us. By walking in the Light. Let’s not hide our candle under a bush. Let’s let it shine . . . brightly.