Hi, Rob here. It’s a foggy day in Hamilton today (no surprise there!) and I’m always horrified by how many cars refuse to put their lights on. I notice that it always seems to be the grey and black cars too. Grey day, grey road, grey car – Hello! What’s the story? Are they sitting in the drivers seat pretending they’re stealth bombers – ‘no one can see me as I stealthily approach the intersection and unleash destruction!’. Mockery aside, it raises a question for all of us; are we afraid to be seen? Do we also go around with our lights off, unnoticed and dull? Jesus says in Matthew 5:14-16:
You are the light of the world . A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Jesus wants us to shine! If we shine for him then we bring glory to the Father. Shining for Jesus includes doing the good deeds that Jesus would do if he were us (to paraphrase Dallas Willard). This echoes the thoughts of Paul in Ephesians 2:8-10:
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Shining for Jesus is reflecting Jesus to the world. It is allowing his light into us, filling us, so that it shines out of us to the world. It is not our light that we shine. It is Jesus’ light that shines through our personalities, our deeds and our relationships. As John wrote about Jesus in John 1:
In him was life, and that life was the light of all people. the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it…The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world.
We are asked to shine for Jesus because there’s too much darkness in the world, the fog is too thick and unless people can follow the light, they will crash! So we are asked to turn our lights on and shine in the darkness. We need to let Jesus in. We need to open our hearts to him. I was at a prayer retreat in the weekend and at one stage we opened the curtains and let light flood into the darkened room. Bathed in the light of the sun, we lifted our sights and grew closer to Jesus. But we can’t open our hearts to Jesus without practicing confession, repentance, prayer, worship and thanksgiving. These are the things that begin to open the closed up curtains of our hearts and let the light of Christ in. We are asked to be intentional about letting our light shine. I don’t know about your car, but the lights don’t come on automatically with mine. I need to reach out and turn them on. I have to decide to light up the car and let it be seen. Once we let the light in we are asked to let it be seen. Hiding belongs to Adam, but it does not belong to us.
The best light for dealing with fog is the sun. It burns fog off. It clears the way. One day Jesus will come and all the darkness will disappear. It’s described in Revelation 22:5 like this:
There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
One day we will see clearly and be seen clearly. Until then, may the light of Christ shine brightly in you and out of you. May you light the way so that others may see the Way, the Truth and the Life.
Blessings and look what I found! Enjoy the Boss as he helps you let some light in.