Jesus said that we are the light of the world. That doesn’t mean that we are a light that shows off all the features of the world, but that we are meant to light up the darkness with love and hope that can only be found in Jesus Christ. We quote this verse so often, and yet, do we even try to live it out?
We’re so pious in church buildings, speaking about quiet times and how we’re struggling with our sin and how we need prayer, but as soon as we’re out – and still, part of the church because the church is the people, not the building –it’s a different story. We just switch the light off because the big scary minister men aren’t watching anymore, or aren’t there to preach a sermon that convicts us. When the church building lights are off, it seems that we’re not the light of the world.
We’re just a part of the world.
What happened to being different? What happened to leaving people wondering why we act the way we do? When we walk out of a place isn’t what Jesus intended that they’d know that those people we’re different, we’re living for something other than instant self gratification? Wouldn’t He have them know that we worship something that isn’t money, sex or ourselves?
We’re meant to be the light of the world! What are we doing?
I’m convinced that a group of us leave a place and the staff will think exactly what they do about every other group – “Glad they’re gone. But now we’ve got to clean up the mess they left.” I don’t want to list off Bible verses that back up what I’m saying, because you know what I’m saying and I’m speaking to myself, too.
We are the light of the world!
We’re the people who are called to bring others out of darkness into light, into an eternal family that loves and is compassionate, and dare I say it, encouraging. We can help bring them from damnation into salvation!
But, no, we’d rather tear each other down because its fun and we’d rather make a mess because it makes us laugh, and you know, it’s the staff’s job to clean it anyway…
Jesus said we are the light of the world.
So, why do we turn it off every time we see the building lights off?