It’s getting to that time of year when lights are very important. For the majority of the last week I have left home in the dark and returned home in the dark, the streetlights have helped me to navigate my way to and from school. Cars and bikes have had headlights so I have known they have been coming. It hasn’t quite been pitch black yet but I don’t think it will be too long.
Darkness isn’t a thing in itself. It is an absence of light.
The street lights have helped with with the physical darkness of the world, but many people would say that we live in a dark world. So often we hear news stories of horrible things that are happening, and horrible things that people are doing to each other. This where are hymn for this week comes in
“Light of the world, you stepped down into darkness, opened my eyes let me see”
Yes the world is a dark place but that was never the intention, when it was created it was good, but we humans managed to bring darkness in. God could have allowed the darkness to continue, but instead he became a human and came to the earth. He didn’t come to shine a light in a bit of the darkness, he was the light. He said it himself, he said “I am the light of the world”. The reading for this week is from Phillipians 2 and it talks about making himself nothing, becoming a servant, becoming human.
What does it mean to say that Jesus is the light? When he came to earth there was an absence of God, which was the darkness. People were focussing on the rules rather than the action. Jesus showed love because he was love, and he brought light to that place of darkness.
The light that Jesus was bringing wasn’t one of those energy saving bulbs that gradually gets brighter, it was a spotlight. Showing people God. People respond to light in different ways, they might cower away from it, covering their eyes, they might get shocked at what the light is showing up, or they might just relish in the light.
As Christians we are called to be light in the world. We may not be the light, but we can be a reflection of it. The best way to be a reflection is to make sure you’re in the line of what you want to be reflecting. If you look in a mirror from an angle then it’s not going to be a great reflection. Therefore to be that light we need to recognise and stand in the light in the first place.
The chorus of this hymn is “Here I am to worship, Here I am to bow down, Here I am to say that you’re my God”. Through our worship of God, through our recognition of what He has done for us, we can start to reflect Him, and be a light in the world. What might that look like? A smile, a friendly face, a hug, a listening ear. Yes Jesus performed miracles, yes Jesus told stories, but Jesus also spoke to those who no one else would, and had tea with those rejected.
We live in a dark world, darkness is the absence of light, therefore let us bring light in.
Challenge: what darkness do you see in your everyday life? How can you bring in some light to that situation?
Prayer: father God we thank you that you came to earth to bring light, help us to reflect that light in the world. Amen