Have you ever stumbled through a dark room, or tried to navigate in the dead of night when there were no lights? Perhaps you've collided with an unexpected obstacle, feeling disoriented and lost in the absence of light.
Our lives, prior to embracing Jesus, can be likened to this darkness. We fumble and falter when we rely on our own understanding and vision. But, when we allow Jesus into our hearts, His light pierces through the darkness that surrounds us and the shadow within ourselves. He illuminates the truth, setting us free from our former ways and guiding us toward transformation through His forgiveness.
Without the light, we remain ignorant and lost. Jesus is the beacon of truth that dispels the darkness. Just as a physical light is needed for us to see our path clearly, Jesus is the spiritual light that illuminates our way of life.
John 1:5 tells us that the light of Jesus cannot be conquered by anything. No spiritual powers, cultural events, or human actions can overcome the light that He brings into our lives. It's a powerful reminder that His light can break through even the darkest of times and fill our lives with hope and love.
Friends, we find our purpose in being a light in the world. Just as Jesus is the light that shines within the darkness of our lives, we are called to reflect His radiance to those around us. We are to be ambassadors of light, dispelling ignorance, sin, and despair with the brilliance of Christ's love.
The world around us may be steeped in darkness, but our calling is not to shy away from it. Instead, we are to shine brightly within it, illuminating the path for others. We are meant to bring out the best in those we encounter.
I asked this person to think about how it feels when someone is kind to them. "It feels good" they replied with a smile. I said, "Exactly! Kindness can change the world around us, even if it's just small acts of love." We discussed how simple gestures like helping a friend, offering a smile, or saying something nice can be like tiny beacons of light in someone's day.
Kindness stands as a powerful weapon against darkness. Our kindness should distinguish us, a hallmark of our lives.
As citizens of a different world, we must learn a new language. In a world marked by negativity, we choose joy. In a world of chaos, we embrace prayer as a constant dialogue with God. In a world of complaints, we give thanks.
Our gratitude is the expression of our light, and it can illuminate even the darkest corners of our lives.
Sometimes (many more times than we surely would like), it may seem that the darkness is growing and the light is dimming. But remember, darkness can never extinguish the light. It can't overcome light, and Jesus is the Light of the world. His light reveals the truth of life, enabling us to live it to the fullest.
It exposes evil, guides the confused, and shows the way to the lost. His light is our guide, and we are to carry it with us wherever we go.
This light, the light of Jesus, can shine through us into our workplaces, communities, families, and friendships. We become beacons of hope in a world that so often feels lost in the shadows. Just as we remember the relief of turning on a light in a dark room, others too can find solace and direction in the light we carry.
So, what does it mean to be a light in the world? It means being a beacon of hope, a source of kindness, a vessel of love, and a reflection of Jesus' light.
It means choosing joy over despair, prayer over silence, and gratitude over complaints. It means bringing out the best in others and showing them the way to the truth.
We’re called to live out these principles, to shine in the darkness and help others find their way.
Thank you for letting me share this with you today.
May Your Light Always Shine Bright,
P.S. Acts of kindness, whether small or grand, have the power to transform the world around us. A kind word, a helping hand, a gesture of love - these are the ways we let our light shine.