A Flashlight with no flashbacks
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
Neither do men light a candle, and put in under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it give light unto all that are in the house.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
— Matthew 5: 14-16
Have you ever been in a storm where the lights go out, and it is totally dark?
1. You need a flashlight to see in the dark.
2. You are God’s flashlight to shine his love and show others the way.
Have you ever gone into a room with no windows? When you are in the dark, a flashlight would be a very important thing to have. Not flashback but a flashlight! Jesus said that you are the light of the world. That means that you are a flashlight. You can help other people see the way. You can tell them about Jesus because He is where they can find the light. God counts on you to do this.
We talk about the New Season as a new opportunity God has given us to do what He wants us to do, a new opportunity to do what is right. We must shine his love on other people and show them the way God wants us to go. A light is brightness, gentleness and hope. I challenge you to take a flashlight into a dark room or closet at home and remember that God wants you to shine as brightly as that light. Remember, God is light (1 John 1:5).
Jesus Christ said, “I am the Light of the world.” Here Jesus says, “ye are the light of the world.” What an enormous compliment! God is light, Christ is light, and the believer is said to be “the light of the world.” No greater compliment could be paid to the believer than to be identified with God. It is an enormous responsibility as well as a compliment.
How does your light make a difference in a dark world today?
Picture a lonely mountain cabin that rests in the hollow of a cliff. The cabin is surrounded by high drifts of snow that have cut off any outside contact with the rest of civilization. The cold, bitter winds are bending trees that have stood at attention for years. The daylight is nearly gone and twilight has come with the quick-advancing shadows that overcome the remainder of the day. The scene pictured is a desolate one. It is a scene of great barrenness devoid of life. All of a sudden, a solitary lantern is lit inside the cabin and the glow of its light fills the windows. The warmth of the light confronts all the elements that are raging outside.
Three things are said about the believer as the light of the world. The disciples’ character: Light; The disciple’s place to shine: The world; and the disciples’ unavoidable: Witness.
Christ said, “I am the Light of the world.” The disciple is to undergo a radical transformation: He is to become like Christ more and more and to reflect the light of Christ.
The disciples’ place to shine is the world. The world is the place where believers are to move about and reflect their light (live and minister). Why? The world is unclear, falling, unaware, and in trouble.
Finally, the disciples’ unavoidable witness. Two things are said about the city: it sits on a hill and it cannot be hidden. Two things are said about the candle: it is put on a candlestick, and it gives light to all that are in the house. The disciples’ light is in the world, on a hill, and in the house.
What difference can one little light make in such a dark world? Without the light that believers shine in the world, darkness would consume everything. God has given every believer the capacity to shine on the darkness and melt it away.
This column is the opinion of Rev. Gracie Jackson, pastor at Grace Community AME in Eagle River.