Recently a colleague of mine was shot dead when she opened her front door. She was 19 years old, pregnant and had a 3 year daughter she loved dearly. She and her baby are dead. Her 3 year old will live with the memory. This incredibly unfair event has caused me to pause and think about my light shining or the lack of light as the case may be.
We have all heard the Biblical expression of letting your light shine, but the pause has created a need to know how this mandate was meant to play itself out in real life. What is my “light” and how do i let it “shine” as i live out life in a world hostile to the truth of Jesus?
The Word tells us Jesus is the light of the world. The Word also says Jesus abides. As I believe Jesus takes up residency in each believer, He must be the source of my light.
It seems darkness is the absence of light and likely the absence of Jesus. So as I live out life with Jesus abiding, my light shines through the life i live touching the lives of others that may or may not know Jesus. In a very practical way, my life in Jesus impacts each and everyone i cross paths with throughout the day.
The loss of life to this young lady and baby actuates the need to be real in living life with one’s light shining. It’s true we never know what impact our light will have on those it shines or how long we will have to influence another with the light of Jesus. Be Real. Be Jesus. Let your light shine.
“Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!
Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven. ”
The Message (MSG)