One of our light bulbs went out two months ago and I needed to replace it. I went to Home Depot and surveyed my lighting options. Gone were the days of incandescent bulbs; fluorescent, halogen and LED bulbs had replaced them. I was almost overwhelmed by the number of choices, but settled on an LED bulb that cost me $20. Whenever we move out of our apartment I’m definitely taking that bulb with me.
Lighting has changed and how we shine that light has changed. The same can be said about the lights that we shine for Jesus.
In his Sermon on the Mount, Jesus said:
You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
From the time of his earthly ministry, Jesus has been calling his followers to shine their light. We are supposed to live lives of love, hope, joy, peace and justice; lives that shine in our dark world and direct people to God.
For those gathered for the Sermon on the Mount, that meant shining a light to the people in their village and the surrounding area. For most people in the first century, they died where they had been born. That trend continued for the next few centuries, with most Christians spending most of their lives in one small area. They still had a light to shine, but not that many people to whom they could shine it.
Advances in transportation definitely made the world a smaller place, as did the urbanization of society. The world has gotten even smaller with the growth of social media. Continue reading