It wasn’t until yesterday that I learnt that I did not truly grasp the concept of what it meant to be ‘the light.’
Ephesians 5:8 tells us that:
For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light!
This shows us that we receive the light by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour. Matthew 5:13-16 then teaches us that:
You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavour, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men. You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
We are constantly reminded throughout the New Testament that through our salvation we have become the light of this world. The Good News has made us brighter. We are told to be unashamed of the Gospel and to constantly allow our light to shine. For a long time I misinterpreted what it meant to be the light so last night, God decided to break me.
I falsely believed that to be the light meant that you had to constantly appear strong to allow others to see the difference between you and them. But boy was I wrong! Yesterday God showed me that to be the light meant to be totally dependent on God in front of others. He made me realise that to be totally dependent on Him in front of others was completely different than being weak. He made me realise that to bow down to Him in front of others was in fact strong because it was a way of paying reverence to Him. He made me realise that sometimes He needs to break you in front of others for them to see Him singlehandedly rebuild you. Sometimes people need to see Him work in you in order for them to believe.
When I was planning this post, God reminded me of the light in our living room and how I am just like that light. Out of around 6 of the bulbs in that light only 2 work. So when the light turns on it is pretty dull. That is exactly like us spiritually. Sometimes our lightbulbs go out and we try to go on as if nothing has happened. We believe that just because some bulbs are still working that we can still be the light that God has called us to be. Sometimes we even try and change the lightbulbs ourselves forgetting that God is the creator and source of our light and is the only one who can actually change it. He showed me that it is important for me to constantly seek His face and ask Him to make me the brightest light that I can be because there is no point me being a dull light because a dull light can’t really make a big impact in the darkness.