Night Light

Carlo Mendoza 

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:14-16

Recently, we put up an illuminated sign on our building at our Sunrise Mission Campus. Part of the reason we installed this sign is to help give a visible reminder to the community of who we are and why we’re here. The sign is quite noticeable in the day time, but once the sun sets, the sign lights up, standing out even more as the evening gives way to the night.

Similar to the illuminated sign, we as followers of Christ are called to be lights in a world full of darkness. In fact, this is the very purpose of a light, to be seen and to help others see. Jesus taught about this principle of light as gave His disciples some important lessons on kingdom living. First, He mentions that we are the light of the world. It is noteworthy to mention that Jesus refers to Himself as the light of the world as well. What this should tell us is that we have no light of our own apart from Christ; the light we shine is actually a reflection of the light of Christ, just as the moon reflects the light of the sun.

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”  John 8:12

Another aspect of light that Jesus points out is that light is to be seen by people as opposed to being hidden. What does this shining light look like in a believer’s life? Jesus tells us that this light can be equated with “good works”. So we are to do good toward others as evidence that we are truly the light-bearing children of God. These deeds of love and righteousness can be done for any person we come across, whether they are our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, classmates, acquaintances, or even strangers. However, let us not forget to mention why we do these acts of kindness, to show the love and light of Jesus Christ, so that they may praise our Father in heaven.

If you are still in the darkness of sin, I want to encourage you to first receive Jesus Christ, the light of the world, if you have not already done so. Secondly, as believers who reflect the Son, I want to encourage you to shine your light in the world so dark by loving others with our words and actions. Do these acts of kindness for others and invite these same people to receive the light of the world by sharing the good news of Jesus Christ, or by inviting them to Sunrise where they can hear the same life-changing message. You are the light of the world, a human night light and a visible reminder to others of who we are and why we’re here.

This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.

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