(This is day five of the Rediscovering the Christmas Season Advent Study that can be found here. You don’t have to start at the beginning. In fact, you can jump in any time or go in any order. Care to join?)
Read Matthew 4:12-17, Isaiah 9:1-3, and Matthew 5:14-16.
Drive around town and look at Christmas lights. Think about this… Why do we have Christmas lights?
How is Jesus the “light of the world”? In what way is light the perfect illustration of who God created Jesus to be? Light reveals. Light can drive away fear. Light reveals hidden things. Light makes the darkness go away. Light brings hope. (How many times have you been up all night for some reason, and sunrise seemed to make things better?) Light is what makes things grow. I’m sure there are countless other things. But you know what I just thought? White light, the kind we think of when we think of light, contains all colors. Isn’t Jesus all things to us?
Why do you think Jesus calls His followers the light of the world? How would life change if we were lights in our relationships and situations? Like Jesus, shouldn’t we do the things listed above, at least within the capabilities He has given us? If I walked as Him at all times, things would be a whole lot different in my life, I think. I’d be a lot more deliberate with my words and thoughts and actions. What would it be like to spread joy and hope wherever I went? What if I stopped criticizing and started lifting up? What if I stopped complaining and started acting? What if I stopped reacting and started responding?
How has your life been a light to those around you? That’s a hard question to answer. I always see where I could have done better, could have done more. It seems like I can never quite get it right. Maybe I never want to think I have it right, because that might be the point when I grow arrogant. Who knows? But I do know I never need to stop trying to get it right.