In the same way…you should be a light for others.  Matthew 5:16

It was early one morning, I was driving to work.  I turned on the radio to listen to the weather for the day.  Instead I tuned in to a man sharing a story that would set the tone for my day.  I just love when that happens!

He was talking about a man who had car trouble.  It was late at night when his car broke down and left him on the side of the road.  Unfortunately, it was in the middle of nowhere.  He had no phone signal.  It was pitch dark.  He had no choice but to wait for first light.  Only then could he safely go for help.

In the darkness, time seemed to stand still.  Not only was it dark, it was also eerily quiet.  He was becoming quite anxious waiting for time to pass.  Suddenly, he opened his cell phone to check the time.  As he opened his phone, light illuminated the entire vehicle.  This small amount of light dispelled all the darkness.  Peace flooded him.  With the light, he was now able to peacefully await the dawn and go for help.

This story made me think about a little song we used to sing in vacation Bible school years ago. I am sure most of you know it.  It is called This Little Light of Mine.  It goes on to say, “I’m gonna let it shine!”

Later in the day, I was working checking emails.  I had an email from a friend.  He was sharing with me how God had him ministering to family and friend.  He said God told him to just let his light shine.

Jesus said to let our light shine to others.  In fact, He is the light that is in us.  He is the light we should be shining.

There are people all around us, who are in darkness.  They find themselves just like the man at the beginning of this story.  They are stuck in darkness, anxious, not knowing what to do.  Not knowing which way to go.  They don’t see a way out.  But we know the truth, Jesus is the way!

When you step into a person’s life that is beaten and battered by circumstances, a light comes on.  The light of the glory of God comes into their life.  It is the light you carry, the light of Jesus Christ.

Suddenly they are no longer anxious and afraid.  Suddenly they can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  Hope for a better tomorrow springs up!

I don’t know how many times I have felt led to call a friend to find out they are having a difficult day.  As I begin to talk with them, they are discouraged and depressed.  However, the longer I talk, the more I encourage, I can sense them being lifted up.

They begin to say things like, “I am so glad you called, I feel so much better now.”  This has absolutely nothing to do with me.  I am only a vessel.  It has everything to do with the light of God that is in each one of us.

I have found myself in need of encouragement.  Often, a friend will call and begin to talk to me about the Word or what God is doing.  As we talk, I will feel myself becoming encouraged in the Lord.

We all need to be lifted up at times.  We all need to be reminded of the light of Jesus at times.  Sometimes all it takes is a little light to see that there is hope – there is a light at the end of this tunnel.

And sometimes, we are blessed to be able to remind others of the light.  Either way, it is the same light.  The light of Jesus Christ.

That is part of what we are called to do.  It’s not to get filled up with Jesus and then just walk around smiling.  No, we are to go into the world and let His light shine through us!

Today, as you go about your day, ask God to show you who needs the illumination of Jesus in their life.

You may never know the impact you will have on that person’s life.  Friends that is what it is all about.  We are blessed with the light of Jesus so we can bless others and lead them to Him.

You have something they may not have today.  Peace, joy, revelation of who you are in Christ and hope.  Share it with others.  One person can change someone’s world.  You can change someone’s world…you have the light of Christ in you…it came to change the world.

 

“It is our faith that becomes the substance that we can’t yet see.” KP