Jesus is Not the Light of the World
I didn’t get very far in my Bible reading this morning before this verse stopped me. Jesus says, “But while I am here in the world, I am the light of the world.”
The part that stopped me was the “while I am here” — the obvious implication being that he’s no longer the light of the world.
Then who is?
Anyone who believes in him and follows him: You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden (Mt 5:14).
That wasn’t what caused me to come write for the first time in almost a year, though (and have to look up my password, upgrade the blog, go through several plugin updates, etc.). What caused me to write was the realization of what a poor job of this I do — not so much in everyday life in the obvious opportunities I get to “shine,” but in all those other opportunities that aren’t so obvious. Those situations where I know I’ll never interact with this person again or where they’ll never know who I am. I’m not as careful in those situations.
And the truth is, there’s almost always no harm done. I’m (usually) not acting in a way that has a negative effect.
But what would happen if we all started trying to have a positive effect in every one of those opportunities, though? I’m not talking about signing our emails with a Bible verse or an empty exhortation to “Have a Blessed Day!” but really being a true light in that person’s day.
That’s what stopped me today and made me write: the realization of just how many opportunities like that I throw away every day and what an amazing difference it would make if we all took advantage of them. A few every day from a handful of people probably wouldn’t make much difference, but millions of them every day…
It’s almost like he planned it that way.