Can you believe it’s almost Christmas? It’s literally in just 6 days. SIX DAYS!!! Anyways, for today’s post I really wanted to talk to you guys about something that has been on my heart recently.
When you see a Christmas tree, what do you think of? I’m not talking about the plain evergreen tree that you cut out of the woods, I’m talking about the lit-up, fully decorated kind people have in their homes. When I see a Christmas tree, the first thing I usually think of is light.
Did you guys know that we have been called to be a light? Matthew 5:14 (TPT) says, “Your lives light up the world. Let others see your light from a distance, for how can you hide a city that stands on a hilltop?” Another version says this: “You are the light of the world – like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.”
When I read this verse the other day, I instantly thought – how cool is that? We are the light of the world. Our job as believers is to show light, to be the light, and to bring light and truth to others in the world.
I know what you’re thinking: I’m using the word light too much. But guys, this is SO important! There are many, many verses in the Bible about light. Jesus is referred to as the true light.
1 John 1:5-7 (TPT) “This is the life-giving message we heard Him share and it’s still ringing in our ears. We now repeat His words to you: God is pure light. You will never find even a trace of darkness in Him. If we claim to share life with Him, but keep walking the realm of darkness, we’re fooling ourselves and not living the truth. But if we keep living in the pure light that surrounds Him, we share unbroken fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His son, continually cleanses us from all sin.”
As we can see from these verses, Jesus us light, and when we live our lives with Him, we are the light and are in the light. Ephesians 5:8 “Once your life was full of sin’s darkness, but now you have the very light of our lord shining through you because of your union with Him. Your mission is to live as children flooded with His revelation-light!”
Since we are children of the light, we need to start being the light. Some of you may be asking, what does this look like? Being the light to the world means to live as Jesus would. Look for ways to show Christ to others, and to truly be a light, and to bring hope into their lives. This could be anyone! Your family, your friends, random people at the grocery store, the mall, etc. We should never escape the opportunity to show Jesus to other people, and especially right now since it’s almost Christmas! John 9:5 “But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
While Jesus was here on the earth, He never misused an opportunity to show God’s love to others. We should have the same mindset! The Bible says that we have been born for such a time as this! WE are the light of the world. With this great power comes a great responsibility. We need to make sure that us and our lives point to Christ and reflect Him. Luke 11:36 says, “If your spirit burns with light, fully illuminated with no trace of darkness, you will be a shining lamp, reflecting rays of truth by the way you live.”
I personally happen to be involved in the kid’s ministry and I always try to remind myself, (sometimes even more than once), that the kids are watching us. It may seem like they’re not, but they actually are! They really look up to us, and we need to make sure that we are setting a good example and acting like Christ to them, especially because we don’t always know what background they’re coming from.
This Christmas, my personal goal is to be more like Christ in the way I treat others. Jesus came to the earth to die for us on the cross so we can be saved, know the truth & see the light, and why wouldn’t we want as many people as possible to know the truth and see the light as well?
2 Corinthians 4:6 “For God, who said, “Let there be light in the darkness,” has made this light shine in our hearts so we could know the glory of God that is seen in the face of Jesus Christ.”
We need to make sure our lives are reflecting Christ.
1 John 2:8-10 “However, the command I now write to you is new, because its truth is seen in Christ and also in you. For the darkness is passing away, and the real light is already shining. If we say that we are in the light, yet hate others, we are in the darkness to this very hour. If we love others, we live in the light, and so there is nothing in us that will cause someone else to sin.”
I challenge you guys this week with this: Live as the light & be the light. Isaiah 2:5 “Come, descendants of Jacob, let us walk in the light of the Lord!”
Love you guys! Talk to you soon & have a Merry Christmas!