Light of the World

 

(Gen 1:3-5 KJV)  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. {4} And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. {5} And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

 

The sun didn’t appear until the fourth day.

 

(Rev 21:23 NIV)  The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.

 

(Rev 22:3-5 NIV)  No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. {4} They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. {5} There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.

 

Kind of gives new meaning to, (John 8:12 NIV)  When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life."

 

In this temporary physical life the light of the sun is absolutely necessary for life to exist, as we know it.

 

In the spiritual world and in the eternal world the light of the Son is absolutely necessary for life to exist!

 

And also, (Mat 5:14-16 NIV)  "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. {15} 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. {16} In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”

 

Doesn’t this mean we should be life bringers and life sustainers in our day-to-day living and interacting with our families, our friends, our communities, and the entire world? Of course it does! So how do we, “Let our light shine?”

 

For one thing we need to, “(Col 4:6 NIV)  Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” And also, (1 Pet 3:15 NIV)  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

 

Now these verses were addressed not only to individuals but also to the church wherever it may be. (1 Pet 1:1-2 NIV)  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To God's elect, strangers in the world, scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, {2} who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and sprinkling by his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance.

Understand this. There are sins of commission and sins of omission. That is to say you can sin by doing things you should not do. But, you can also sin by not doing things you should do. The Ten Commandments cover both types of sin. All but 4 & 5 are about what you should not do. Remember the Sabbath and Honor you father and mother.

 

Somehow the “Thou shall-nots” seem to have more impact than the “Thou shalls.” But in fact sin is sin regardless of type. So what is the point I am trying to make today? Simply this, it is not good enough to simply refrain from bad behavior. We should, and are expected to, let our light shine. The light that shines from us is the light we have received from God. It is by our fruits that we are recognized. The world desperately needs light.

 

I have a powerful flashlight. Actually it’s more like a searchlight. It shines a powerful beam high into the sky and lights up trees a great distance away. People are invariably impressed when I turn it on. The thing is the light is rated as 10,000,000 candlepower. Now one candlepower isn’t much, but it’s enough to see by. You can be that one candlepower to show someone the way. We can be a dozen candlepower and so collectively we can reveal much more to many more people. The truly wonderful part is we can be a flame that lights a flame and so on and so on. Before long our dozen candles could be responsible for a thousand candles or perhaps a million candles. Or, don’t laugh, even 10,000,000 candles. Jesus, and His dozen disciples brought light to the entire world. We are about a dozen and Jesus is alive and well and with us. Can’t we do better than we are doing? I think we can.

 

On our banner and our invitations and our website it declares we are about, “Serving God, Family, and Community.” Indeed that is what we are about. But there is perhaps one thing more we should be about, letting people know we are serving them because we are serving God. Some people that are not “Church” people do good things. They feed the body but they don’t feed the spirit. We need to feed the body and the spirit! This is what Jesus meant when He said, (John 4:13-14 NIV)  Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, {14} but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life."

 

So there you have it, everything you need to grow in the Lord. Light (Jesus) Water (Jesus) and Food (Jesus). What sustains us and leads us to eternal life is extremely valuable and important and FREE! The more we give away the more we have. Let’s get together and find new and improved (as they say) ways to give.

 

I will close with one of the opening scriptures, (Mat 5:14-16 NIV)  "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. {15} 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. {16} In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”