Monday, June 12
John 8:12. “When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” There’s a lot of truth here. Jesus is the source of light, the only one that can give life, spiritual life, eternal life. But Jesus said to his followers (Mt. 5:14) “You are the light of the world.” So we also possess the light, though we are not the source of it. God has given us the light so that it can reveal the source of life. Jesus then admonished his disciples to let it shine, not to hide it. It’s awesome that God has given us his light in order to draw people to him, the source of life. This is not a truth to take lightly. People need the Lord and we have the means of introducing them to the life-giver. But I think it goes beyond introducing people to Christ. New believers need to follow suit and lead still others to Christ. Paul role-modeled that. He let his light shine, but he didn’t stop there. He also encouraged new believers to follow him as he followed Christ (1 Cor, 11:1). And this becomes a chain reaction. As Paul admonished Timothy (2 Tim. 2:1-2)—“be strong in the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses, entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others.” Please note that that chain persisted through 20 centuries until it reached you and me. We need to be the next links in the chain. Let the light shine!