Jesus said, “I am the Light of the world,” (John 8:12). He also said of His followers—which includes modern believers—“You are the light of the world” (Matthew 5:14). Both statements are true because Christians act as lanterns for Christ. While we ourselves are not the Light, we are holders of Light.
People who are stumbling in the darkness of sin and despair can look at believers and see hope. From within us glows the truth of Jesus Christ—the gospel message of salvation through forgiveness of sins. We allow Him to shine forth when we model His ways in our conversation, conduct, and character. A righteous lifestyle gets attention because it is so different from the selfish, unsatisfying ways typical of the world. Many who see our light will want Jesus for themselves. Reflecting Him to the world is the believer’s God-given job, so we must keep our flame bright. That means protecting our relationship with the Lord by spending time praying and reading His Word. Otherwise, we’ll make unwise decisions, our fervor for God will begin to lessen, and unbelievers won’t be able to see contentment or joy in us. We must also keep our lantern spotless by resisting temptation. Sin soils the believer’s testimony. However, when we do sin, our “slate” is wiped clean through confession and repentance.
You have been given a great honor to reflect Jesus Christ to the world. Don’t allow negligence or wrongdoing to dim your flame. Someone in your sphere of influence needs your “lantern” to guide him or her toward the true Light of the world.
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