In a world that is filled with darkness, believers are to be the lights shining through the darkness to lead people not only to safety but to the arms of Jesus. In Matthew 5:16 Jesus said, “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.”
Undoubtedly, when believers are filled with the Holy Spirit, they truly develop a thriving relationship with God, they seek to follow the example of Jesus Christ, and there is a significant glow about them. You know what I am talking about! There is a difference in their steps, personalities, service to others, and how they handle life’s difficult challenges and/or problems.
The light, referenced at the beginning of Matthew 5:16, is that inner glow I referred to in the above paragraph and in all honesty it’s that certain positive change within a believer’s heart; that contentment; that inner peacefulness (even when chaos is all around them) that they just can’t contain it with subtlety or oblivion.
The light literally is our understanding that God is our Father, Jesus is our Savior, and our paths are being led forward by the loving involvement of the Holy Spirit. It is the awareness that what we were before knowing Jesus personally, and accepting His sacrifice, is nothing like what we are now. Therefore we treat ourselves and others better, as we understand more and more that God loves us and will provide for all our needs.
Our lights are our purposes that God has established in our lives, part of His plan to bring our fellow believers to His kingdom and eternity in heaven. When we accept these purposes — these “callings” in our lives — our wicks are lit inside and shine through us for others to see.
My beloved brothers and sisters, the power source (Holy Spirit) is already connected and Jesus is calling us to turn on our internal light switches and if we consistently live by the principles of the gospel, we will become the fulfillment of the Savior’s pronouncement: “You are the light of the world” (Matt. 5:14).