What Kind Of Light Are You?
2015 Frieda P. Smith
On New Year’s Eve 2014, I had the privilege of preaching with six other dynamic ministers representing the Shiloh Baptist and Rehoboth Christian Churches of Tarrytown, NY. On that evening, I delivered this message, and I am going to share it with you on this blog for the next few days.
In this text known to us as the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus declared to His disciples, “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.”
As we know, there are all types of “lights” in the world today. The question that will be on the floor for the next few days will be: What kind of light are you?
Are you a “nightlight?”
For those of us who are a little afraid of complete darkness (aka scared y-cats), a nightlight provides just enough light to make us comfortable in the dark. Even though the darkness prevails, a small amount of light is visible.
Can we keep it real? Before we were saved (I mean really saved—not just attending church), we loved the dark. Nighttime was the right time to play “hide and sneak”*. Jesus said, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed.” John 3:20
*[I said “hide and sneak” because some of us were “sneaking around” with people we had no business being with! Come on, do not get deep on me now!]
Hence, we did not want the lights on or the sun to come up when we were in sin, because sin loves the dark.
The question is, now that you are a Christian…are you a “nightlight?” How much “light” are you producing when you enter a room, or does the behavior of the people around you overtake your “light?”
In other words, are you just “visible” but not doing much to dispel the darkness going on around you? Has your presence altered anyone’s behavior, even slightly? Has anyone’s behavior changed since you showed up in their life, or is your light too dull or your “bulb” insufficient?
What is your “spiritual wattage” these days? Do you enough to dispel darkness, to drive away demonic forces, and bring light into a dark world?
Jesus said “You are the light of the world.” Your assignment is to expose and dispel darkness.
Nightlights are cute, but they will not get the job done!
What kind of light are you?
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