12 Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
8 for at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light
Jesus tells us that He is the light of the world and as His followers, we are to be light in the world. When you look at the photo above you are able to see the dark, black night sky, some clouds and the moon. However, if the moon wasn’t there lighting up the sky, the clouds would not be able to be seen at all.
Just as the moon lit up the sky and revealed the clouds, when the light of Christ shines in our lives, we are able to see things that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see. Often we see people and circumstances from our own perspectives. However, when we rely on the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, He reveals things from God’s perspective. Suddenly we see people and situations differently.
Instead of seeing a person who cut us off as we drove down the road, we see a person who may be on the way to the hospital to visit a loved one or someone who is desperate to get somewhere to help someone else. Our knowledge of the situation may not have changed but instead of reacting in road rage, we have the choice to simply choose to see that they clearly need to get somewhere and pray they arrive safely.
Instead of seeing the clerk at the store who is rude to us as someone who doesn’t want to help us, we see them as someone who is dealing with some difficult situations in his/her life. The clerk may be dealing with an elderly parent, or marital or financial problems. We may not know what is going on with the clerk, but we can choose to pray for him/her and whatever is going on in his/her life.
The way we choose to react and speak and treat others shows whether or not we are walking as children of the light. We are called to walk as children of the light and in doing so we are to bring Christ to our relationships and circumstances. The Holy Spirit may reveal to us that someone is suffering and that is why they are behaving the way they are. It is a call to prayer, not a call to judgment. When we choose to pray for others rather than judging them, we speak to them differently and treat them differently.
Think back over your past week, were you walking in judgment or light? Were you allowing the Lord to help you shine the light of Christ into your relationships and circumstances? What relationship do you need to reevaluate and try to see as a child of God rather than a child of the world? What circumstances do you find yourself facing that you need to allow the Holy Spirit to help you shine the light of Christ into? We have tremendous power as children of God to shine His light into our relationships and circumstances, but the choice is ours. Will you shine His light today? You never know what He may reveal to you and what a difference you make make in the life of someone else!
- Scripture from http://www.biblegateway.com
- Photo by Shelly Sorem