I've been thinking about light a lot lately. We, as Christians, are supposed to be the light of the world. When I think of that I often think of those bug zapping lights. Hang with me here a second while I explain...
Bugs are drawn to light. They just can't seem to help it. Put a light on in the darkness and you will find more than enough bugs.
Christians are supposed to be the light.
People should be drawn to us. To the point where they just can't help it. Only difference between Christians and those bug zapping lights is that instead of getting zapped to death when they get too close, people should be getting zapped with the Holy Spirit and LIFE when they get too close to us.
I know it's a bit weird... but it works for me. I want to be light.
I'm reading Nuture by Lisa Bevere and she too talked about being light. Here is what she had to say...
You are the light of the world--like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. (Matthew 5:14-15)
Do you hear what Jesus called you? The light of the world! Think on this declaration a moment. Is this how you would describe or represent yourself? He is no longer here as the Light of the world, and this is not just a bonus Christian name. He needs you to be this--light! Jesus is in heaven with the Father. He left this privilege of being light-bearers to the sons and daughters who yet inhabit the earth. It is absurd and just plain wrong ever to enclose or encase the light within us. The illumination of life within should be elevated for all to see.
There has never been a more desperate need for this beacon to shine freely for all--especially for those who most need nurture--must perceive and draw near to its warmth. When people find themselves in gross darkness, they naturally gravitate toward the safety and assurance of light...unless, of course, it is hidden.