Darkness is nothingness. All it takes to produce darkness is for the sources of light to be extinguished. A candle can light up a dark room until it runs out of fuel or it is blown by a gust of wind.The greatest source of light in our world is the Sun. No wonder ancient civilizations worshiped the power of the Sun, which was the source of light and heat. But what is the source of power of the Sun?
Hydrogen. Internal combustion. Being burned up. The sun is just like one big candle being burned up from within, lighting up the dark alleys of the Solar System, providing light and heat to the Earth and powering the life-giving processes of our planet. Without the sun, life on earth would be impossible.
We see in Jesus an example of the sun, giving his life and his light for the salvation of the world. He was like a candle whose light was extinguished for a short period of time. But he took it up again with a greater passion and ignited the world for righteousness and justice.“
For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).” (Ephesians 5:8-9)
Without the sun, life on earth would be impossible. Without Jesus, we are all in darkness, wallowing in sin and guilt, groping our way to find salvation and meaning for our lives.
In John 8, we read that Jesus is the light of the world while he was here. But in Matthew 5, we read how he declared his followers as the light of the world. He effectively transferred His power, his mission, his ministry and his light to us, Christians.But it is far too easy to go back to the darkness we used to be in. All we have to do is sit by and do nothing. Darkness = nothingness. The sun exerts effort to bring life. It gives part of itself to light up the world. In fulfilling His mission to be the light of the world, Jesus gave his life for the salvation of many. The same giving up of life and light is expected of us.
But do we give off our own source of light? By no means.God sent His Holy Spirit to be with us and this is our source of power and light. Even if we give so much of ourselves for others, we do not run out of energy. God is our source of strength and energy to shine off our lights.
Meditate on the following.
How could you give off yourself to become a light to your family, friends, classmates and officemates?
What are practical means by which you can draw near to God and the real source of power?How’s your prayer life?