The immediate flooring inside our front door is dark stone. The front door faces west. In the afternoons a small dot of light slowly moves across the stone floor. Obviously there is a hole in the door. But it is so tiny it is not at all noticeable except for that dot of light. I am fascinated with the penetrating power of light. If there is a way for light to shine through something, it will do it.
It is no wonder Jesus called Himself the light of the world. (John 8:12.) He will find any open avenue to enter a person’s life. He so longs to save He will do His best to influence and awaken a person to the possibility of eternal life. In the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:14) He calls us the light of the world. We also can make a positive difference in other’s lives and pierce the darkness. “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. All around the neighborhood, I’m going to let it shine.”
Some people seem so isolated or so calloused that we might think they are impenetrable. Jesus calls us to shine. The Holy Spirit will use our light to break through the barriers some people erect. It could be a smile, a hello, an interest in something they love, a token of care when life isn’t going so well. Like my door, we can’t see any hole or any way in. But, the light will find its way. We might never know we had any effect. Pride might not allow the calloused one to admit we make a difference. But we do. Actually it’s our love that does. Well, even more accurately it is Jesus’ love shining through us – the light of the world
Written by Roger Bothwell on Sept. 15, 2016
PO Box 124, St. Helena, CA 94574