SCRIPTURE: “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14,16 – NIV
I see the beauty and power of light as a tool for Higher Choices when I am out running among the tall trees and see the lovely way sunlight filters through the leaves. The sun’s rays are revealed as they pass through the clouds and expand to shine upon patches of forest. It only takes little bit of light to warm and nourish the plants on the ground.
Dictionary.com lists 45 definitions or uses of the word “light.” Twenty-three are nouns, three are adjectives, 11 are verbs, and 8 are idioms. Most relate directly to the sense of sight, e.g. “something that makes things visible.” In the science of physics, light is energy. The NIV Bible list 65 scriptures concerning light. The sheer number of references to light tells me that I should know as much about it as I can, both as a beacon to turn to for my own direction, and as a principle for leading others.
Jesus taught in parables and word pictures. The image of light is an extremely powerful one for me. I only have to study a few of the many definitions and uses to recognize the power of the images described. The bible is clear that God is our source of light. Not only did God literally great the light we have (Gen 1:3), God himself is our source (Psalm 27:1; John 8:12; 1 John 1:5), and God’s word lights our way (Psalm 119:105, 130). As we seek God and walk in his light, his ways, we then have the potential to become conduits of that light for others. And not just a benign channel, but as effective as a magnifying glass, prism, or laser. When we do as Paul says in Ephesians 5:8 and “live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth),” we reveal God’s many “colors” and help energize others. Light is also the opposite of heavy. This image helps me remember that others will be more able to praise the Father for my good deeds when I act with grace, generosity, and a little humor. Seek the light, and seek to be light in all situations you encounter.
“I try to be a guide for people, to make their darkness bright and to make the pathway light, and never to condemn or control or criticize.” – Little Richard
A.S.K. (the Higher Choices Process)
Ask – questions to discover the direction God would suggest you take.
|1. Look up “light” in the dictionary. What insights does this give you?|
|2. People of truth walk in the light. Why do people still seek the darkness?|
|3. In what ways can you be light to others this week?|
|Seek – ideas on choices that will take you further along your higher path.|
|Knock – truth embraced through practice and persistence; abiding.|