“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.”
James Dobson told a story about a friend who was flying his single-engine plane toward a small rural airport. When he arrived at the close of the day, the sun had already dropped behind the mountain. By the time he had maneuvered into position to land, he couldn’t see the shadowy field below. There was no one on duty at the airport, and there were no lights on the plane.
The pilot circled the runway for another attempted landing, but the darkness had become even more impenetrable. For two hours he flew around in the inky blackness, knowing full well that he faced certain death when his fuel tank emptied.
Then, as panic began to seize him, a wonderful thing happened. Someone who lived near the airport had heard the continuous drone of a small plane engine and realized there was a problem. That kind, merciful man raced to the airport and drove his car back and forth on the runway to indicate the direction of the airstrip. He then drove to the far end of the runway, positioned his lights, and turned them on high beam, to shine down the stretch of tarmac.
The pilot landed safely.
We all know the potential disaster that comes from being caught ill-equipped in darkness.
Maybe you drove to the restaurant anyway, even though your daughter reminded you that you don’t see well enough to drive at night. Maybe you tried to get that last section of the deck stained before nightfall and discovered the streaks the next morning. Maybe you stepped on the only Lego left out on the floor as you started down the hallway to get a late-night drink of water.
Darkness can be frightening. Darkness can be dangerous. Darkness can be deadly.
But, “God, who said, ‘Light shall shine out of darkness,’ is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6).
This Light that He gave us is Himself. In John’s Gospel, Jesus tells His disciples that He is the Light of the World(John 8:12). In the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5, Jesus Christ tells His disciples that they are the light of the world. This is to say that Christ puts His Light in us. This He does by giving us Himself.
Because God has given Himself to us, we in turn bear witness of God to others. What if the man who had illuminated the runway had decided to stay home?
The souls of the world hang in the balance, and withoutJesus Christ, the Light of the World, they are destined to remain in the darkness—without God . . . without hope.
Grab your keys; start the engine; turn on the headlights—someone’s in trouble. Don’t make him circle the field again! Light up the runway . . . bring him in for a safe landing!
Prayer Point: Pray that God will give you opportunity to share Christ with others. Pray that you will have the courage to shine brightly.
Extra Refreshment: Read Luke 1:67-79 and experience the same joy as Zacharias in praising God for Jesus, the Light of the World.
Are you thirsty? If so, some refreshing water is here. Not in another how-to book, but in the ever-flowing, ever-living fountain of God’s Word. In this 90-day devotional, Stephen will take you to streams of conviction, encouragement, hope, and challenge, that only flow from the pages of Scripture. These waters of refreshment are prayerfully offered to refresh the despondent, restore the delinquent, and encourage every disciple who desires to know God more deeply.