Key Verse: You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:14
Not only has God rescued us from the dominion of darkness, but he has called us to be light. In the Bible, we have a four-fold call to “the light”.
- Firstly, we are called to come to the light (see John 8:12).
- Secondly, we are called to receive the light, (see John 1:12).
- Third, we are called to walk in the light (see Ephesians 5:8)
- and fourthly, we are called to reflect the light ( see 1 John 1:5).
When we think of a great light, we usually think of the sun. The sun is the center of the solar system and is known as the light of our world. Some figures reveal the sun’s greatness. For example, the sun is 93 million miles from the earth. Travelling at 150 mph, it would take us nearly 71 years to arrive there. Astronomers estimate that the diameter of the sun is 109 times that of the earth. Its output of energy is 70,000 horsepower per squared meter, per minute. Lastly, the temperature at the sun’s core is about 15 million degrees Celsius.
Nonetheless, the sun, in spite of its greatness, is not the “Light of the World.” Jesus declared himself to be the “Light of the World.” In fact, he is the one who made the sun. In the same way, as our moon reflects the light of the sun, as children of the light, we ought to reflect the light of the SON, Jesus Christ. 1 John 2:6 tells us, “Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
Jesus does not only say, “I am the Light of the world,” but he assures his followers, “You are the light of the world… let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven”(Matthew 5:14-15). In the same way, as Jesus’ life on earth perfectly reflected the Father (see John 14:9), we are challenged to follow him and to reflect Jesus into this dark world.