A Powerful Light
Jesus shouted to the crowds, "If you trust me, you are really trusting God. For when you see me, you are seeing the one who sent me. I have come as a Light to shine in this dark world, so that all who put their trust in me will no longer wander in the darkness. If anyone hears me and doesn't obey me, I am not his judge - for I have come to save the world and not to judge it. But all who reject me and my message will be judged at the Day of Judgement by the truths i have spoken. For these are not my own ideas, but I have told you what the Father said to tell you. And I know his instructions lead to eternal life, so whatever he tells me to say, I say!" John 12: 44-50 (TLB)
Then God said, :Let there be light." And light appeared. And God was pleased with it, and divided the light from the darkness. Genesis 1: 3-4 (TLB)
Wayne Brent lives in Texas. While walking to an evening worship service, he saw the soft, warm light from the sanctuary's stained glass windows glowing in the night. The windows provided a welcome but limited illumination to his surroundings. It occurred to him that this outward-bound light pales in comparison to what we experience during daytime services, when the sunlight pours through the windows and fills the church with brilliant color and warmth.
Sunlight is a symbol of the light that God gives to us - how vital and powerful both are for our lives. Just as the brightness of daylight far outshines the light that comes from the church windows at night, God's light is infinitely more powerful than what we humans can produce. Yet this humbling comparison can encourage us to continue with our outreach efforts so that God's light can shine through us, illuminating the loving message of God for all people everywhere.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to recognize our limitations, even as we seek to share the gospel with others. Help us to open out hearts that Your light might shine on those we meet, in Jesus' name, amen.