This is a message I gave at Antioch Church of Christ. Thanks to the congregation there that keeps welcoming me back to speak.
Why Your Light Matters
In Matthew 5: 14-16, Jesus said “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it gives light to all that are in the house. Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Why are Christians referred to as lights in the Bible? Why is this concept of Christians as a light important?
In his letters to Corinth Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2: 12-14 “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teaches, but which the Holy Ghost teaches; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man recieves not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”
The natural man cannot receive the word of God. To the natural man the Bible is a collection of stories, some may offer good life advice but it’s not considered to be divinely inspired.
Paul goes on to write in 2 Corinthians 4: 3-7 “But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
Paul calls the lost blinded, and says that God commanded His light to shine out into the darkness. He writes that the light has shined in our hearts to give knowledge of the Glory of God in Christ to the world. We are to shine with the light given to us by God in order to fulfill His commands and share the Gospel.
Why is The World Considered Blind?
It is not by chance that in his letters to Corinth, Paul used the term blinded when he described the mind of the unbeliever. In John 9:1-11 We read the miracle of Jesus restoring a blind man’s sight. “And Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from birth. And his disciples asked him saying, Master, who did sin, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, “Neither has this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God may be made manifest in him. I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work. As long as I am in the world I am the light of the world.”
Just as Jesus can heal the blind, he can open the eyes of the unbeliever.
In the darkness of this world people may begin to look for a way out of it, they will begin to seek relief from their pain, they will seek something more than themselves.
How can we bring the lost out of the darkness of this world? We as Christians do not save anyone, we cannot venture into the darkness, grab an unbeliever and drag them to God, just ask some of my family who tried that with me.
How do you lead a ship to shore in darkness? First you find a good firm spot of land looking over the sea, you then build a huge tower on it, and you stick a bright light on top of it. And this light cuts through the darkness for miles, and it guides ships that may be lost, or lets them know that there is a shoreline nearby so that they don’t crash.
The light lets the ship know they are not alone out there. That light is a big important thing.
The Power of Christian Light Through Christ
You are also an important light.
Your life is the tower, God’s word is the foundation, and Jesus Christ is the light at the top of your tower. Signaling to the lost that there is a way out of the darkness. He is the light in this world because He is still in the world through us.
When someone who is lost looks for salvation, when they look for a way out of the darkness, where are they going to go? They will look to the nearest light, and if that light is close enough, they may just make it.
How much more important is your light, than the lighthouse’s. Your light can guide others to Christ, your light can guide others out of darkness, out of blindness, and out of the world. Your light is through Jesus Christ and the power of God that resides in you.
You may not be called to preach, or to ministry, or mission work. If you are that’s great, but most of us will not go that route. Instead you’re called to be a light, your life should glorify God and in doing that, others will be attracted to Him. Share your faith and live your life as a light that guides others to Christ.
If you don’t think that’s important, let me share a quick story with you. A young man started going to church to win over the heart of a young woman. He met a congregation that shared the word and lived it in such a way that he came to know Christ.
They didn’t use the word of God as a bludgeon, they simply said, “we’re so glad you came, come back.” And when that man went back into darkness and back into the world he kept returning to that light, to that city on a hill. They never forced it, they just said “we love you, keep coming back.”
Eventually he moved into that city, he joined the church and gave his life to God. That man was me. Your light is important, it is powerful, and it can lead more of the lost out of the darkness of this world.
In John 9:5 When Christ healed the blind he said, “as long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” You are the tower that Christ shines from. Don’t hide His light, renew it and let it shine so that more people may come to know Jesus Christ.