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!
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.
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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