I know what is below is about Christmas lights and I am well aware, that Christmas is over. But I cannot get this writing out of my head. I love how beautifully it depicts the Church and her purpose. Ya’ll, you were created to make a difference by shining your light as well as serve together to light the world in a way that no singular light can accomplish alone.
(From the Let There Be Light reading plan by Laynie Travis from bible.com)
As believers in Christ, we are to shine His light in our lives. Let’s compare the body of Christ to Christmas lights: Christmas lights are made to shine and light up the darkness. They’re pretty and people come from near and far to see neighborhoods filled with them during the holidays. The glow of the lights draws people in. People want to come and see them. Christmas lights also exemplify great variety. In fact, the more diverse the strands of lights are, the more spectacular they are to behold. Christmas lights come in all different colors, shapes, and sizes. Some twinkle, some are super bright, and some are shaped like snowflakes or crystals, but when put together, they illuminate the night in a magnificent display of color and brightness.
This is a perfect picture of the body of Christ. People should be drawn to the light in Jesus followers. As believers, we’re called by God to be lovely in word and deed, shining His light in our families, communities, and workplaces. Jesus never said for our light to burn people. We’re simply called to shine. Just like Christmas lights, we’ll all have different gifts and different ways to shine. However, when we all come together as a body and shine in unity, it will be the most magical, diverse, and colorful array of lights we could ever imagine.
Matthew 5:16–Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:14–“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.