Matthew 5:14 says, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl but on a stand, and it gives light to all the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
I got to thinking about light and the different types of light that we could be.
There is UV light. It can act as a disinfectant and is used widely in medicine.
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These are the people who see the corruption in the world and fight for the right. Like William Wilberforce who spent his life campaigning against slavery. They are the people who motivate others and change public opinion.
Then there is torch light.
These are the people who show the way, who lead by example.
In the olden days it used to be lamps or lanterns. Psalm 119:105 says “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path” The picture is of an unknown and dark future and God’s word illuminates enough of the path to take the next step.
People who know the word of God can better lead the way.
Then there is the humble candle. Just a little light that can’t be put out by any amount of darkness. Today candles are also used in symbolic or sacramental ways (everyday objects reminding us of deeper truths) Examples are lighting candles in memory or somebody, lighting a candle for each year on a birthday cake, giving a baby a candle at his baptism. Candles can also be purely decorative and set a mood for a dinner party or special occasion.
I see candle people as adding that bit of extra to life. they celebrate but are not shallow. They think deeply and act meaningfully bringing a spark to their relationships.
The modern version could be the LED. tiny on its own but en mass what wonderful displays we have seen. The old proverb still holds true. Not all the darkness in the world can extinguish the light of one small LED light.
I could go on. There is the Olympic torch where the flame is symbolic of the Olympic spirit and ideals. These are people who make a difference to the world and pass on their legacy to their children.
Of course the greatest light is the sun and I think this symbolizes Jesus when He said “I am the Light of the World.” The sun sustains all life, promoting growth and sustenance as well as warmth. It gives light to half the world and can disinfect as well. Our little lights are merely images of that great light.
So go out and shine whatever kind of light you have been given.
I’d love to hear your ideas of any other lights and their application.