“You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16 HCSB
I am standing in front of a sea of light bulbs at the home store, baffled by a strange dilemma: what kind of light do I want from my bulb? Daylight? Bright white? Soft white? I wonder at the difference between daylight and bright white just long enough to remind myself these are lightbulbs, not people and not to spiritualize the process. I grabbed an assortment and sauntered to the pay station before making my way home.
But now I ask, what kind of light are you giving off? Is it bright white? Soft white? Friday night lights? God will use different peoples’ light for different purposes.
You may wonder that you are not the bright light on the stage teaching a few hundred ladies at a conference when you know good and well you have plenty to say that God has taught you through the years. Still, your light is shining in a different way, drawing hurting souls to your soft glow such that God begins healing them from the inside out through your kindness and mercy. Perhaps your daylight cooks meals and cleans the mess left behind when your friend and her husband have been fighting cancer while homeschooling three kids.
Whatever type of light God has gifted you with for this season, shine that light for God’s glory.