If you have listened to a country radio in the last few months, you have likely heard the song called "Be a Light" (given that they have a rotation of what seems to be like about 10 songs). The premise of the song is rooted in the fact that we live in a world filled with hate and darkness. The plea of the artists is that in a world that is filled with such evil, we need to stand up and be a light. The song has a great message, especially since it was a message first coined by Jesus Himself. In his most famous sermon, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said these words,
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in 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” (Matthew 5:14-16).
Jesus uses a perfect illustration to show his followers the effect of living a godly life. In our culture’s climate, I can think of no better reminder for God’s followers. Sadly, we live in a world full of darkness, and I don’t know of very many people, Christians or not, who would disagree with that statement. The truth is, everyone knows there is darkness in the world, and everyone is looking for the answer. Everyone is looking for peace. Everyone is looking for the light.
The problem? People are looking in the wrong direction. The world is looking to political leaders. Those on both sides of the political aisle are looking to their respective candidates to bring peace amid the turmoil. People are looking to government reform to bring the changes they feel are necessary.
The list could go on and on, but you and I know there is only One who can provide peace amid the worldly turmoil. The fact of the matter is, the world is seeking the peace found only in Jesus Christ, and they don’t even know it. In steps the Christian.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are given a special opportunity, a special call to fulfill. Just as Jesus told his followers, we are to let our lights shine before others. We hold the truth that the world is searching for, true, godly peace. Peace that only comes through Christ. Let us make sure we are taking the opportunities placed before us to truly shine our light in a world full of hate and darkness, living a godly life, and showing the peace that only the saving power of God can bring. Go out and give the world the answer they are looking for. It won’t be easy, but it will sure be worth it.
Calvert City, Ky.