“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world.”
John records Jesus saying:
“I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.” (John 8:12 NLT)
Mathew records him saying:
“You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.” (Matt 5:14-16 MSG).
So much light. Can you see it?
Light is not singular in colour but is made up of all existing colours.
Every single color, bar none, when joined and stirred together; when they hold each other and mix into one another, they make the colour of light. As I said in Part 1, scientists say that light is both obvious and mysterious. We can see it, but try to figure out how it works? That’s challenging. Whenever they think they’ve got it figured out, light beautifully surprises them.
“Light happens wherever and whenever love has the final say.”
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Across time, many well-respected scientists have had made many different, and often opposing, theories about light; from Pythagoras to Maxwell, to Newton, to Einstein, and many in-between. Think about that for a second. Something we all agree exists, but that the experts can’t agree on how it works, no matter how convincing and empirical their data and findings seems to be.
So maybe light happens whenever we are compassionate; whenever we listen; whenever we are generous; whenever someone lays down their life (metaphorically or physically) for someone else.
Perhaps light is the result of us mixing our lives in with others; instead of ignoring our neighbors, or being indifferent to them, we love them and care for them. It could be that light happens when we love our enemies; when we are empathetic; when we forgive and ask for forgiveness; whenever we’re honest and true and vulnerable; when we confess and break bread and come around the table together.
Light happens wherever and whenever love has the final say.
We’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colours in the world. We're to come alongside those in darkness, cos we’ve been there, too, and probably will be again (light that baby up). Maybe being “as public as a city on a hill” has less to do with shouting our opinions and beliefs, and more to do with opening our hearts and doors.
Light, as mysterious as it is, could perhaps be that simple.
Written by Liz Milani