Being A Reflector of the Lord (Philippians 2:15)
Philippians 2:15, “That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.”
As we engage the Lord in our walk and our words, we will be shining lights to a dark world. A Bible teacher had just finished speaking to a large class of businessmen on the Christian's responsibility to be a "light" in the world. He emphasized that believers are to reflect the Light of the world, the Lord Jesus. After the class, one of the members related to him an experience he had in his home which had impressed upon him this same truth. He said that when he went into his basement, he made an interesting discovery. Some potatoes had sprouted in the darkest comer of the room. At first, he couldn't figure out how they had gotten enough light to grow. Then he noticed that the cook had hung a copper kettle from the ceiling near a cellar window. She kept it so brightly polished that it reflected the rays of the sun onto the potatoes. The businessman said, "When I saw that, I thought, I may not be a preacher or a teacher with ability to expound Scripture, but at least I can be a copper kettle catching the rays of the Son and reflecting His light to someone in a dark corner." May that be true of all of us. We are to follow Jesus Christ by our walk, by our words.
Matthew 5:14-16, “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Believers are to shine! We are to be lighthouses, warning men of the dangers of sin and pointing them to the safe harbor of salvation. We are to be light reflectors, always reflecting the light of Jesus for those in darkness. We are to light the way for others, just as the way was lit for us by others!
The Word of God reminds us that God desires His children to shine in this present world! Everyone values light and regardless of how small the light may be. If it is shining, it can lead one out of darkness. We are to shine as lights in the world. If we were to shine brightly, holding forth the Word of life, people would see the beautiful promises of God, regardless of how crooked and perverse the world. It is our responsibility to shine the light in the darkness. We have the answer in our Saviour, Jesus Christ. If we keep the light of God’s truth and love shining brightly in our lives, it will impact the darkness around us. When we are in line with God, we are spotlights in a dark world! How’s your light shining?
Prayer, Lord, sometimes my life seems like I'm just stumbling in the dark, scrambling for the light switch. Let your light shine through my life that will lead others to Your Son. In Jesus name, Amen!
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