The deep inner workings of a beggar's mind

The Light of the World

Matthew 5:14-16 (KJV)

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. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

We are the light of the world. Poor, flawed, fallible, wretched, wicked, selfish us. We are the ones who are called to be a witness for Christ to Jerusalem (Our cities), Judea (Our neighboring cities), and the utmost parts the world. Jesus does not care about our imperfections, our weaknesses, our vices; He wants us to share His mighty Word to everyone around us. God calls everyone who is truly a Christian to share what He has done for us, in us, and through us, no matter if we have been a Christian for one day or one hundred years. No matter our age, social status, circle of influence, or anything else, we are the light of the world.

In order for the light to be appreciated, there must be darkness around. No one lights a candle in their house if their lights are on. The whole reason we need a candle, or any other source of light, is so we can see in the dark. We live in a very dark world. There are new cases everyday of violence, injustice, abuse, and any other number of unspeakable acts. New outlaws and terrorists pop up every week. Corruption is the order of the day for many politicians and national leaders. One can buy almost anything if they have enough money. This world is incredibly corrupt and evil and dark.

It’s like working in a dark office. There are no windows, the doors are solid wood, and the only lights are just bright enough to keep one from falling down and to do one’s work. One’s eyes would eventually adjust to the darkness, and would be able to get their work done. Imagine work starts in this building at 4am, and lets out at noon. One works eight hours, with several breaks, and thirty minutes for lunch. Breaks can be taken anytime during the workday, even one right after the other. The only rule for the office is no one can leave the building. One can do whatever else they want during their breaks. One can do drugs, drink alcohol, party, have sex, kill their co-workers, steal anything from anyone, anything but leave the building. After eight hours, the whistle blows, signifying the end of the workday. Everyone collects their things and gets ready to walk out. Immediately after opening the front doors, everyone closes their eyes and flinches, because the light blinds them. It is one’s natural inclination to do so when leaving the darkness for the light. The brightness of the light also reveals any dirt or stains on one’s clothes, even if indiscernible in the darkness of the building they are exiting. Amidst our darkness, God’s light blinds people in their natural (sinful) state, and we “loved darkness rather than light because our deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)

As Christians, we are called to be a shining light, a beacon of hope, a city on a hill, a floodlight to pierce the darkness of this evil world. We are to be the ones who shelter the orphans, who feed the hungry, who quench the thirsty, who minister to the needs of the sick and the dying, who spread faith, hope, help, and love wherever we go. Our job is to be a mirror that reflects the ultimate Light of the World, Jesus Christ. Granted, our mirrors can get cloudy, dirty, scratched, or even broken since we are sinful by nature, but Jesus is able to clean us, repair us, and empower us to do what we are called to do. We cannot see all ends as God can, so while we may have been dealt a difficult hand, we must make do and press on in faith, because the Lord indeed has a purpose and a plan for every little thing that happens in our lives. Take a moment to reflect and see exactly what kind of light you are spreading. It could make all the difference in the world.

2 responses

  1. eowynfair

    That is a great anology…the eyes becoming accustomed to the dim lighting. It’s so true! A friend recently said, “It’s going to happen anyway, so we’re going to have to live with it…” We get so used to the way things are, the light is blinding. Eek. :(

    October 14, 2008 at 11:52

  2. eowynfair

    You know, I really needed to read this again. I have almost no Christian friends at school…at least no one who is around as often as I am. I was heavily ridiculed Friday for my beliefs, particularly on romance and friendship. ATF was really encouraging. But your post did remind me that we are a light in the darkness…if there weren’t darkness we wouldn’t need the light. I’m encouraged to stand firm, even if I’m standing alone. Thanks.

    April 26, 2009 at 21:15

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