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Light Reflectors

by Kathleen Whitten

I went to one of those giant sports stores recently to buy some tennis shoes. The salesperson held up a pair of running shoes he thought might work for me and said, “Do you ever walk in the dark?” I asked him, “Why? Are those fluorescent so they glow in the dark?”“No,” he said, “they aren’t fluorescent, because they don’t glow on their own. They are called ‘light reflectors.’ The light will reflect on the shoes so people can see you in the dark.” This made me think. What the salesperson said reminded me of Matthew 5:14 which says, “You are the light of the world...” As Christians, we are to be the light in a world that is becoming increasingly darker. But how can we constantly shine in dark places? Being a light to a dark world can be challenging—if not impossible—if you think you have to be fluorescent or constantly glowing in the dark on your own.Why?

Ask yourself these questions: If I am in a group of people that do not love or respect God (or themselves, or anyone)—how can I be a light? If I am tired and even sad or hopeless about a situation—how can I be a light? If I am exhausted or burned out—how can I shine for everyone else? If I don’t have the answers to a big problem and am worried—how can I be a light to an already dark world? So if you realize you can’t be a light to the world—how can Matthew 5:14 be true? Because God never intended for us to be the light—He wants us to reflect His Light!

God wants us to be His Light Reflectors! And HE is the Source of Light!


We are not the source of light. Our good works are not the source of light. Our obedience is not the source of light. Our understanding, or wisdom, or intelligence is not the source of light. God is the only source of light! An awesome example of a light reflector in the Old Testament is Moses. Exodus 33:11: “The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp...” After speaking with God (The Source of Light), Moses’ face would reflect the light of God so strongly that the people were actually afraid. Exodus 34:30: “And when Aaron and all the children of Israel saw Moses, behold, the skin of his face shone; and they were afraid to come near him.”The word shone in this passage in Hebrew is Nrq qaran {kaw-ran'}. Among other meanings, one main definition is to send out rays.


The Hebrew word shone means reflected!


As a matter of fact, Moses’ face reflected God so strongly, and the people were so afraid, that Moses had to wear a veil to cover it. Now that’s a light reflector! Exodus 34:33: “And till Moses had done speaking with them, he put a veil on his face.”


(An interesting note: when Jesus died for our sins on the cross, the temple veil dividing the Holy of Holies was supernaturally torn in two. Because of Jesus, we can now reflect the glory of God completely unveiled for all to see!)


A good example in the New Testament of a light reflector is John the Baptist. The Bible says in John 1:7 that John came to “bear witness of the Light (Jesus), that all men through Him (Jesus) might believe.John 1:8-9 specifically goes on to say, “He (John) was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.”


Jesus is the source of light. Like John the Baptist, we are simply to reflect the Light (Jesus) and His Word. We are to be light reflectors!


When you look into a mirror, you see a reflection of the original. In much the same way, a light reflector simply mirrors the light that has been shone upon it. The light is up to the source of light (God), not the reflector (us). John 8:12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Do you know what that means? That means Jesus is the original (and only) source of light (truth, love, hope, goodness), and if we reflect (mirror, follow, copy, learn from) Him we don’t have to walk in darkness (depression, despair, confusion, evil or fear).

 

So, practically speaking, how do I become a light reflector?

 

1. Get near The Source. Remember my light reflector tennies? They only “shine” when a headlight (or light source) shines near them.  Draw near to God. God promises us that when we draw near, He will draw near to us. (James 4:8) Talk to God. He always hears and understands. That means “The Source” (God) will be near us. His light will shine upon us (His reflectors)

 

.2. Ask God to put you with other light reflectors. Can you imagine jogging in the dark with a group of people wearing light reflective gear? A glowing example! Get with a group of light reflectors. The brighter the better.

 

3. Share with each other ways to get near to the source: prayer, reading the Word, going to church, worshiping, etc. Go to God (The Source) and ask Him to illuminate your path to which group(s) is for you!

 

Put on your Reflective Gear. My reflective light tennies won’t do me any good in the closet. If I am outside in the dark and want some light reflection, then I have to put them on. We live in a “dark” world. There are things all around us that are dark/evil. We need to make sure we are light reflectors, because there are many temptations in the dark. Sometimes there is a temptation to do or say the wrong thing. And even if God gives us the grace to do or say the right thing, there is a temptation to believe the evil around us is so big (i.e.: peer pressure is so strong, people are so dishonest, addictions are so strong, institutions are so corrupt, society is so warped) that our little reflective light doesn’t matter. But that is not true.Get this picture: The darker the room—the brighter the light! If I shine a flashlight in a well-lit room, then it hardly shows up. But if I shine it in a pitch black room? Wow! Romans 5:20 says, “...But where sin increased, grace increased all the more...” That means no matter what dark situation you are in, God will increase His grace to meet all your needs. No matter how bad things get “down here” on earth—God will increase His light to overcome darkness.


The darker the room—the brighter the light!


Pray: Dear Jesus, I want to reflect Your love and truth in my life. Thank you that You do not expect me to be a source of light but only a reflector. Help me to learn that if I try to be my own source of light (strength, love, wisdom) then I will burn out.God, I believe You are the original (and only) source of light (truth, love, hope, goodness), and if I reflect (mirror, follow, copy, learn from) You, then I don’t have to walk in darkness (depression, despair, confusion, evil or fear)! Help me to get near Your Light (The Holy Spirit, Your Truth, Your Word and Your people) so I can reflect You stronger and stronger in a world that grows darker and darker.Psalm 23 and Isaiah 58:8 say that even during my darkest hour—I will see Your light through the darkness (shadows) because Your light will always be my rear guard. Amen.


Psalm 23:4 Even though I walk through the valley of the *shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. Isaiah 58:8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the LORD will be your rear guard.

Believe:John 8:12: When Jesus spoke again to the people, He said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Matthew 5:14: “You are the light of the world...”

You are God’s light reflector!

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