I once heard a pastor describe light as God’s signature. From Genesis chapter one when God said “Let there be light” until Revelation chapter 21 when Jesus illuminates the new Jerusalem, light is a sign of God’s glory. A pillar of fire by night led the Israelites on their journey out of Egypt. Moses had to put a veil over his face because it shone so brightly after time on the mountain with God. A star led the wise men to Bethlehem. On the road to Damascus, Saul was blinded by a light from heaven.
Light dispels darkness – especially since darkness is defined as the absence of light – and reveals the truth. Light shows the path before our feet and, like a lighthouse, can lead us safely home. Light is electromagnetic radiation – energy in motion and with a full spectrum of color. Light is necessary for plant growth through photosynthesis and the generation of vitamin D in our bodies. Light is attractive to both bugs and weary travelers. And when light waves start moving in sync with each other they become a laser beam, capable of cutting out tumors and correcting vision. Focus light through a lens and you can start a fire.
And Jesus tells us that we are the light of the world.
That means that God’s glory can work in and through me to do all those wonderful things. To be attractive. To reveal truth. To cause growth. To guide to safety. To bring healing. To cause others to see my life and glorify God. But it only works if I’m letting my light shine.
What about you? Are you shining into darkness or hiding under a bushel? Are you in sync with other believers or shining solo?