Thursday, August 11, 2016

Change Agent: You Are the Light of the World

One of my favorite metaphors that Jesus used to describe our mission is that of light. He declared, “You are the light of the world” (Mt. 5:14). Did you ever wonder why Jesus picked “light” to illustrate our role as kingdom agents?  I think he said it because he knew that people in this world need light. We live in a dark world where people have all kinds of hurts, fears and issues that darken life for them.  They desperately need to light of God's grace to shine into their lives.  And that's our mission--as people who have received the light of grace--to let that light shine wherever we go.

“The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned” (Isa. 9:2) 

Jesus said, Hey, guess what, I am The Light of Life. When you receive me as Lord, I move into your life and my life-light shines through you. I know you’re not perfect. I know you’re like old clay pots. But that’s part of the beauty of this thing. You see, it’s not about you. It’s about me in you; me shining through you. 

“For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Cor. 4:6-9). 

God’s hope, grace and power manifest themselves in our lives. As a result, we’re different from those around ous. Our hope, our can-do-attitude, our confidence that no matter what happens, God is with us and for us--shines through.

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you… If God is for us, who can be against us” (Heb. 13:5 & Rom. 8:31)?

The assurance we possess that God is actively working in every moment of our lives for good--shines through.

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Rom. 8:28).

As we walk daily with Christ all of these realities shine through the cracks of our imperfect, clay pot lives and causes us to shine like beacons of hope in this dark world.

Thanks for reading!  Shine for Jesus today... & remember to share, thanks!