The constellations have long been a fascination to mankind. Replications of them have shown up in ancient Egypt hieroglyphics, Roman and Greek mythology and even in children’s bedrooms across the globe. You may be familiar with the pale green plastic stars that find their way to ceilings or along walls. To a toddler, their ‘magical’ powers may be used to ward off the boogeyman that lives under the bed or in the closet. Though there really is no magical components encapsulated in the plastic, rather a simple case of phosphorescence. When the plastic star is exposed to light, it begins to absorb energy. When there is no light, the stored up energy is slowly released in the form of light until the star has been depleted.
Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life.” – John 8:12
Jesus has many names, but is very commonly associated as ‘The Light of the World’. In fact, when Jesus was crucified and died, the world sat in darkness from noon until 3 in the afternoon. Since scripture is Jesus’ word, by default the Bible is also a source of light.
Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105
By submerging yourself in scripture and following Christ, we are able to live out the above verse (John 8:12). But, while we walk in the light, we are also absorbing from the ‘Light of the World’.
“Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” – Isaiah 60:1
Let’s face it, there is a dark and cruel world out there. You may not need to venture very far for proof of this. As Christians we are called to be a reflection of Christ to the best of our ability. Every good and perfect gift comes from our heavenly Father. If I were to let the light shine that is ‘Donald Porter’, it would be the equivalent of plugging in a night light to a pile of dirt. It’s safe to say, its not the ‘brightest’ of ideas. Ah, but what about the ‘glow in the dark’ aspect. You might think, yeah, I’ve read some scriptures, I even have a few memorized. I believe in Jesus, so yeah I’ve got light in me I can shine.
Those plastic stars don’t illuminate forever, by morning they have already released their energy and need to be recharged. Likewise with us, we are all sinful by nature. I personally am so far from perfect even by measure of my own standards (which, are not as high as God’s) I need to lean on Christ for His righteousness. No matter how much I have read or how long I have followed Christ, eventually, if I try to do things myself the light will fade. It is no wonder we are to ‘walk with Christ’ and follow him daily.
Not only that, but as we ‘glow’ to this world, the focus is not ourselves, but rather our creator. If the light we let the world see from within us doesn’t point to God, than it is nothing more than photopsia (the perceived flashes of light when you close your eyes).
“For so the Lord has commanded us, ‘I have placed you as a light for the gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the end of the Earth.” – Acts 13:47