"You are the light of the world..." (Matt 5:14a)
In other passages of scripture Jesus called himself the Light of the World. But here in the famed "Sermon on the Mount" Jesus uses this phrase to describe his followers. Jesus knew that His time on earth was limited, and that He would leave His Spirit to empower His followers. He also knew that the prejudice, injustice, war, poverty, ignorance, apathy and tyranny of this world - the "darkness" - would not subside. He knew that those who follow Him must be THE light to this dark world.
Sometimes I feel like the light shines the brightest through me when I'm in church, but I hide it when I'm in the world. How backwards is that?! I am a follower of the only source of Light, and He's depending on me to shine it in the darkness. How about you? Are you the light of the world, or just a flickering bulb in the middle of a well-lit room?
Author: Mark Dwyer
Brett Lilly - Campus Pastor at Compass Church (95th campus), husband, father