Hide it Under a Bush? OH NO!

7 Nov
Most of us grew up hearing the Sunday school song, “This little light of mine.” (Your probably singing it in your head now, right?) We learn of Jesus and His message as the light that we need to let shine.
Ephesians 5: 13-14 says,
But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said:
    “Wake up, sleeper
       rise from the dead,
      and Chris will shine on you.”
To be a Christian is to be identified with Christ as a follower, or even a slave, or “little Christ.” Legend has it that it was first used in a mocking way to refer to the troublesome sect that was growing in popularity in the first century. The derogatory term “little Christs” was meant as a put-down, but is truly a badge of honor. There are only three instances of it being used in the Bible, yet it stuck as a name for Christ’s disciples through the century.
I like how Ephesians 5:13 states that “everything that is illuminated becomes a light.” As Christ shines on us, we become reflections of that light. We take on the very nature of Christ Himself and
Matthew first introduces us to Christ as the light of the world in chapter four of his gospel:
“the people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”
Ephesians 5 draws comparisons to a life of darkness and the life that has been illuminated by Christ. Verse 8 tells us “you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord.” Really, Ephesians 5 is an underscoring of Jesus’ message in Matthew 5, part of the Sermon on the Mount, where He says,
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
We become light when Christ is shining in our lives. Just as Moses’ face shone with the presence of God, so too do we shine the reflection of His love, wisdom, and grace on those around us.
Those who are steeped in darkness don’t appreciate the light – they get angry, hide from us so that their deeds are not exposed; or they flaunt their dark deeds in our presence to provoke us. We must continue to shine brightly, using Spirit-inspired wisdom to sustain our light-bearing duty in the face of sometimes violent resistance.
Others, though, are drawn to the light. They see what beauty has been hidden in the dark, and long to live in a world where light not only exposes dangers and misdeeds, but illuminates a path that leads to green pastures; where the Good Shepard leads us beside still waters and restores our soul.
How brightly are you shining? The more time we spend in the presence of Jesus, the Bright and Morning Star, the brighter we become in reflecting Him on those around us. As we wear the name “little Christ,” do we honor His name by reflecting His character and love?
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