God’s Christmas Lights
Apparently, Jesus like the lights as well. Speaking to His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount, He said to them:
“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:14-16 NKJV)
The hearts of sinners are darkened. They cannot see God for whom He really is. They are unable to perceive His love for them. And they manifest their inner darkness in outward works of darkness. What else would one expect?
So, what are Christians to do? Curse the darkness? “No,” said Jesus. “Turn on the light! Let your light shine so that men may see your works of love and kindness and glorify your Heavenly Father!”
Child of God, every time you see a Christmas ornament this season, let it remind you of who you are and what you are called to do. You are God’s Christmas light. Don’t curse the darkness. Illuminate it with His love and grace.
The world needs the lights. So keep shining, but not just until the end of February. When my wife takes her tree down, make sure yours stay up. Keep shining, every day, for the rest of your life!