by Paula Harrington
“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 so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV).
With Jesus lighting our path, it should be simple to walk in his light. However, have you ever stopped to consider just where your light might be shining?
Is Our Light Shining Inward?
Do we take verses out of context to prove a point? Do we seek to build up attendance numbers instead of building up Christians? Do we want to change the worship service in order to entertain each other in spite of Scripture? If our answer is ‘yes,’ to any of the above, then it’s time to ask ourselves if our light is shining inward or on Christ.
Is Our Light Shining Outward?
Scripture tells us to set our mind on things above, not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2). Yet, sometimes we find ourselves more occupied with things of this world. Take the Super Bowl, for instance, is it more important to us than Sunday night’s worship service? Is our wardrobe more valuable than our Christianity? Do we perceive the church more as a social club and an entry on our resume, than a hospital full of sick souls? Are we ambassadors for Christ or the world?
Is Our Light Shining Wayward?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in your name, cast out demons in your name, and done many wonders in your name?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you who practice lawlessness!” (Matthew 7:21).
It’s not that Jesus never knew them, but that they never truly knew Jesus. Followers of Christ must do more than believe in him. It takes faith and obedience to be a true Christian.
We know that no one comes to God except through Jesus (John 14:6). Jesus is the only way unto salvation. Mohammad, Buddha or Pope Benedict can’t save us and we definitely can’t save ourselves. A wayward light will lead us down a dead end road.
Is Our Light Shining Onward?
Now is the time to become aware of where our light is shining, and if it isn’t shining completely on Christ, then it’s time for some major adjustments. Only Jesus has the power to save us (Acts 4:12), and he is ready and willing to light our path and protect us on our way home.