Pictured above is the Lighthouse of Genoa, aka Lanterna, which is located at the Genoa Seaport in Italy. Did you notice it right away? When I came across this photo I wondered what drew the photographer to capture the scene. Was it the conglomeration of lights that adorn the bay area like Christmas lights on a tree? Or was it that one (lighthouse) light rising above the rest? To be honest, that’s not what I saw at first glance. What caught my attention was the bright and golden reflection of the other lights. And that too got me thinking; in a world filled with many lights (secular attractions/philosophies) are we shining the greater light of Christ in such a way that people can notice it from afar? Can they differentiate it from the lesser lights of intellectuality, carnal pleasures, and even religiosity? Are we overpowering the lights that are distracting souls from the truth of God and His kingdom? Or have we assimilated into the popular culture so much that people can no longer tell the difference between our message of God’s love and the many other “spiritual” and philosophical messages out there? In other words, have we become just another light among the lights?
Longbeach harbor lighthouse, CA
Port Rethymnon Lighthouse, Crete
Jesus is not only the Lord of lords and King of kings but since He is the light of the world, He is also the Light of lights! Those who have accepted Him as the Lord and King of their lives now possess His light. That is why He himself has declared that all who follow Him are also the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). That simply means that His eternal light in us should rise above the temporary lights of this world, lights that are attractive and appear “good” in nature but are truly detrimental to the soul of man. These lights are similar to the zappers that attract nocturnal bugs leading them straight to their demise.
But how can our light shine brighter among so many other bright lights? For one, it’s not only the lumen (message) of our light that needs to increase but the height and strength of the tower that holds our lamp as well, namely our steadfastness and faith [Read Faith, A Strong Tower]. The message of the Gospel is more effective (shines brighter) when we proclaim it with our very lives. Here are three things that can greatly help increase the luminosity of our light:
Our commitment to serving Christ through a local body of believers (as long as we have the ability to do so)
Being conscious of our behavior both in public (our testimony) and in private (our character)
Our pursuit of holiness through Christian disciplines