Have you ever thought about the effects of light? When you are in a dark room and in an instant there is bright light, what do you do? Most people will try to dim the light or turn off the light completely.
If you are sleeping and someone turns on the light, our first reaction is to stop the light or at least limit the amount of light in the room. We may put our head under a pillow; hold our hand between the light and our eyes; close our eyes tight so the eye lids stop the light from entering our eyes; or we may even throw something at the light hoping to end the source of the light.
Usually that bright light is to remind us of something we need to do. It may be telling us it is time to get ready for work or school, Or it may be telling us to get up so we can catch a flight to a place we want to go.
As a young child, one of my parents would turn on the light when it was time to get up in the morning. There were two ways I could respond to that light: 1. I could close my eyes and try to ignore the light, or 2. I could get out of bed and start getting ready for the day. When I closed my eyes, I would go back to sleep only to be awakened to something more severe than the bright light.
On the other hand, if you are sleeping and the light comes on gently, like the sunrise in the morning, you will probably continue sleeping until your body feels like waking up. When light comes on gently it can create the opposite effect of the light that comes suddenly into the room; it can create a positive effect on the person sleeping.
The Bibles says that believers are the “light of the world”.
“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:14-16(NIV)
Believers can also bring a negative result or a positive result to those living in darkness. Believers can come on like a bright light by condemning a person for their behavior or condescending to those in darkness. That behavior will be received very negatively by the unbeliever. Or by contrast, believers may come like a gentle light like that of the rising sun; A light that is gently absorbed by those in darkness.
Which kind of light are you? Do you strike the unbeliever with your light to get them to see Christ, or do you approach them gently with love so they can absorb the light of God that they see in your life.
NOTE: Scripture quoted in this blog were downloaded from www.biblegateway.com.