Be a Light

Our family loves hiking whenever we can. No matter how bright or warm it is, once you enter the woods, it is much cooler and darker during the hike. Depending on the time of year and the location, it can even be fairly dark in places. And then you turn the corner into the clearing and see the sun. It can’t be hidden forever.

Light cannot be hidden. It is always there. You may be able to avoid seeing it for a time but it is there. You just choose not to see it.

Jesus calls His followers “light” in the Sermon on the Mount‬:

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Matthew 5:14-16)

As followers of Christ, we need to remember that people are seeing us. That can be a good thing or a bad thing. No one is perfect - that’s why Jesus came in the first place - but we are an example to others -- even when it doesn’t seem that way. People choose whether they want to see us or not.

Unfortunately everyone has times in their lives when they are hurting. I have had those times myself and so have my family, friends, and coworkers. When someone is hurting, the thing they usually want most is someone to listen and show empathy. Will you be that “light” they turn to? You don’t have to figure everything out for them. You don’t have to have all the answers. And you definitely don’t have to give a “biblical” or “spiritual” response. But being the person that a friend turns to can go a long way toward building a relationship of trust. Not only with that friend, but also with others.

How can you make yourself available for your family, friends, and coworkers? How can you be a “light” to them?

By Jason Grace

Jason has been a member of Immanuel for 18 years. He serves in many places, including the Deacons, iKids, and Financial Peace University. He has been married for 18 years and has two kids. He is a software engineering manager.






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