You would think that if there is something that can be said to be the light of the world that everyone living in the world would be able to see it. I can already hear you saying that someone who is blind would not be able to see the light. Let’s leave that for the moment and discuss only those who actually have physical sight. We probably also need to eliminate those too stubborn to choose to see what is right in front of them. Light is something that God gave mankind in order for us to be able to distinguish the world in which we live and carry out the necessary functions required by life, but it also includes the more important aspect of being able to see the world of the spirit for the spirit is what actually makes life worth living.
The last book in our Bible, the book of Revelation, tells us that – The city had no need ofthe sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light (21:23). That sounds very good for then, but how will it work for today? Is there something else that will give us a clue? Recorded in the book of John, who was desirous that all should believe, we find these words – There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. This man came for a witness, to bear witness of the Light, that all through him might believe. He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. That was the true Light which gives light to every man coming into the world (1:6-9).
That sounds very plain. We all have the light from the beginning, it is just a matter of whether we will acknowledge it or not. Mankind’s basic problem is that his false sense of value often gets in the way. Many of you may have heard the words as your young children were growing “I can do it myself”. Even though the words may not get repeated as we grow it is an attitude that has a real sticking ability. It is what we call “pride”. Our parents expect us to be successful and so that is what we strive to be without any outside input.
Have we forgotten who we were created to be?
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:14-16); Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life (John 8:12).
Are we slowly, but surely losing our light? Is it being crowded out by our highly valued opinions of our intelligence? True, we have grown immensely wise in matters of how to kill each other with our awesome weapons of destruction. Is it entirely too easy to forget the words of our Lord – As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world (John 9:5)? As long as what? Is it too hard to realize that in reality, we are leaving our Lord out of the decisions that are being made? We are facing an election and arguing amongst ourselves about who really cares and who actually can make a difference or if it is already too late to make a difference.
Whatever your thinking at this point you might want to remember the words of A.W. Tozer, a man blessed with wisdom – The Gospel is light, but only the Spirit can give sight.
Light of the world you stepped down into darkness,
Opened my eyes let me see –
Beauty that made this heart adore You,
Hope of a life spent with You.