“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.” Matt. 5:14-15 (NLT)
Without looking up, could you describe the lighting in your room? Try it when you’re somewhere outside your own home, at an office, school, church or restaurant. The only time a lamp or fixture calls attention to itself is when it is either too bright or too dim. That’s a metaphor for the Christian life as well. Jesus said our lives should provide light for everyone in the house and not call attention to ourselves.
Light can also become annoying when someone shines it in your face. Ever have a high lumens flash light pointed at your face, or the flash of a camera leave you seeing red and yellow dots? It blinds you for a while. As Christ followers, we can become just as annoying with our faith if we’re not careful. Jesus said a lamp is placed on a stand; it was never intended to be shined in someone’s face. When the light is placed on the stand and it’s not too bright or too dim, it benefits everyone in the room.
What about your light? Is Christ controlling the lumens? Has your witness for Christ become too aggressive? If there is offense taken, let it be with the gospel itself and not the messenger. Has your light become so dim that no one can see what you believe? How can we shine with just the right brightness? By being rightly related to Jesus Christ! Stay connected to Christ and your character will reflect His light.