Psalm 119:105, Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
When we read in Scripture, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep,” this is hard to imagine (Genesis 1:2). What did that look like? Probably nothing, considering the earth was “without form and void” and all there was was darkness. In the same way, it’s difficult to imagine the darkness in peoples’ hearts who reject Christ, who is the light of the world.
Earlier this morning, I read a blog from thejaggedword.com titled, ATTN: Don’t worry about the world; worry about your neighbor. It’s a great message and I suggest you read it. In light of this message, Paul write, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6). When God’s Word is the lamp for our feet to show us the way we should go, and a light to our path that we don’t lose our way, Jesus Christ shines through us.
Jesus said, “You are the light of the world… 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 5:14a, 16). Jesus was using emphatic language. You either are or you aren’t. We are the light of the world because Christ shines through us. So let it shine! Joel Hess’s article in the above blog is a message that needs to be preached to many. Stop worrying about the world and start worrying about your neighbour. Christians are a problem to this world; we are not its solution. We cannot fix the world. Only God can do that and He will when Jesus returns—severing the unbelievers from any possible relationship with Him and bringing God’s children into eternal life. Meanwhile, let us focus on our neighbour. While we are complaining about bathroom laws, there’s someone who’s mourning the loss of a loved one. While we are worrying about our 2nd Amendment rights, someone is distraught over their illness. While people are rioting in the streets over non-essential issues that are exacerbated through the very violence they preach against, someone is suffering with depression. We cannot fix the world. Let us rather love our neighbour and shine the light of Christ into their hearts.