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Traveling and Eclipsed

Matthew 5:13-16

Verse 16 “In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

Yesterday we talked about how being the light of the world means we are to shine the light of comfort in the darkness of trials. Today we focus on one more point of being the light.

Were you ever told as a child that when you shine a flashlight to the sky that the light continues traveling into space? This can be true to some extent but light can be blocked from traveling. Why is it important that light can travel? Well, if it could not travel at all then a candle couldn’t light a room, a flashlight couldn’t help guide us along a path on a dark night and the headlights on our car couldn’t help us see the road in front of us. It is important that light travels but what does it mean for us as the light of the world?

The fact that light can travel means that we can reflect the light of Christ into the lives of those around us. Being the light of the world is worth nothing if it is self-focused. It doesn’t shine for itself and neither should we. A candle doesn’t light itself just to see itself burn, no it is lit for a purpose of seeing. Jesus called us the light of the world not just so we could see ourselves, He gave us this ability to reflect Him so that the world would see Him and come to reflect Him too.

So what would it look like if we traveled into the world with His light? And if light can be blocked from traveling, what would block His light from shining through us? We can’t be effective lights of the world if we have something between us and the Lord. It is like an eclipse and our His light can’t travel to us for us to reflect Him. We need to address these blockages in our lives. We need His light to be able to travel unobstructed into our lives so that we can reflect His light unobstructed into the lives of others.

Light is very important in our lives. It is the only way we can see. A person who is blind is caught in darkness and tends to walk into objects even when they aren’t in the walkway. When we allow things to get in the way in our lives so that we aren’t reflecting Christ in the fullest way possible, we are causing them to remain in darkness. We may as well be putting obstacles in their path. Christ takes this calling to reflect Him very seriously and we should too. Let’s live in a way that His light can travel unobstructed so that many see Him and glorify God in Heaven.

Making It Personal

What causes eclipses in your life with Him? How can you address that blockage so that you can reflect Him fully to the world? How serious are you about reflecting Him?

Making It Personal Kids

Object lesson time! You will need a flash light and a hand held mirror. Find a dark room in your house or wait until after dark and turn out the lights. Have someone stand across the room and hold the mirror. Turn on the flashlight and see if you can shine the light into the mirror and see where it reflects to (try not to get it into anyone's eyes). Try this from various places around the room. Were there times when something blocked the light? In our lives what kinds of things get in the way of us reflecting Jesus?

Closing Prayer

Father, forgive us for the times we have allowed things in our lives to become between us and You making it so that we are obstructed from Your Light. Convict us of things that are in the way of us being the light of the world that You have called us to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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