I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. – Isaiah 42:16
The photo above depicts a light trail along the path to Formentor Lighthouse, an active beacon on the Balearic island of Majorca in Spain. The road to reach the lighthouse is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Take a look (Scenic View) and you’ll see why visiting this lighthouse is on my Bucket List.
This image got me thinking about the two most important lights in the world. The lighthouse at the top of the rock represents the One true Light of the world, Jesus, who grants eternal hope to the souls of those who are bound in spiritual darkness. The lights along the pathway represent the lessers lights of the world, Believers, who with their testimony help those very same souls find their way to Christ.
The sad thing is that while there are more than 2 billion of those street lights (Christians) around the world, many of those who are in darkness have only heard about Jesus but have no clue how to get to Him. Perhaps it’s because while Believers are supposedly shining the light of Christ, many are doing so only inside closed walls. Others are simply not shining as brightly as they should.
In a time where awareness has turned to concern, fear, and now panic, we need to outshine any other light in this world that gives temporary false hope. We have the true light of the world living in us. Therefore, we need to be joined together in faith, love, and obedience so that we can effectively show the world that there is a pathway to true hope, peace, and assurance. But unless we set aside our complacency, apathy, and religious differences, the world will continue to only hear about Jesus and never truly experience his saving grace.
Let us commit to shining our light wherever we are and regardless of what we may be going through ourselves. This thing called Christianity is not about us. It is about sharing (verbally and tangibly) with the hopeless, destitute, confused, and rebellious, the most reassuring message under heaven, that Jesus came to give light to the world.
And remember, while we share the Good News of Jesus, we ought to live a life that testifies to its power. Otherwise, our message will be one among many other religious messages (dim lights) that only talk about God/goodness but do not actually show the way to eternal security. We need to genuinely and consistently shine so that others can follow the light.
Pray that the Lord would grant you the strength, courage, and passion to be a light that shines the glory of his righteousness in a world overtaken by the darkness of sin and death. Especially now when the world at large is experiencing a sudden, unexpected, and unprecedented time of distress.
Formentor Lighthouse used with permission © David Campling Photography