You Are The Light of The World
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” (Matthew 5:14) In this verse of scripture Jesus is talking to Jewish people who are God’s chosen people. When Jesus died and just before He ascended to heaven; He instituted a church made up of many individual members who are also chosen and called by God to carry on His work in the earth and to let our light shine just as Jesus did when He was alive on the earth. We should not live our life like we are light bulbs connected to an electrical switch that can be turned on and off at our pleasure. The light in us is a perpetual light made by God and built to burn for eternity.
God, who is light and in whom there is no darkness, put Himself in us at our new birth so we would release the power of His love and glory into this world that men might witness the greatness of God first hand. As a precursor to this event, God sent His Son Jesus Christ into the world to bring lost man back into fellowship with their Creator. And if we are born again we, too, will be reflecting the Light of God into the world the way Jesus did by giving to the poor, feeding the hungry, healing the sick, setting the captives free of their demons, and leading them to Christ.
The bible tells us in Luke 19:10, “Jesus Christ came into the world to seek and to save that which is lost.” What that means is Jesus came to reconcile the differences between God and man. To restore their broken relationship. To make a way for mankind to fellowship with a holy God. To demonstrate the love God has for mankind. In other words, Jesus came to light up our life. To turn the darkness in us to light.
So we can stop thinking the world revolves around us and our needs; it doesn’t. Jesus told His disciples, “Do not seek for things to eat, nor things to wear, for all these things do gentile unbelievers search. For my Heavenly Father knows you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you” (My Paraphrase of Matthew 6:31-33) Why! Because “God promised to supply all of our needs according to His riches in glory.” Philippians 4:19 And when we made Him our Lord, we took an oath to, “Love the Lord our God with all of our heart, with all of our soul, and with all of our strength, and with all of our mind, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.” Luke 10:27 And on Judgment Day, God will measure our life by how much of God’s light we reflected into this world so that those who have not received Christ as their Savior was presented with their opportunity to receive what we have been freely given. Only then will we hear God say, “Well done my good and faithful friend.” Matthew 25:23 DThrash