The I AM says I am radiant!
“Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.” (Psalm 34:5)
As I have mentioned before, when I was 3 years old my mom divorced my biological father and left behind the abusive relationship that she had endured for 5 years. It was just the two of us and even though I had my own room and my own bed, I preferred to sleep with my mom. But when she remarried, it was time for me to be a big girl and start sleeping in my own bed. And that is when I realized that I was scared of the dark. It didn’t matter how calm I felt playing by myself in the same room before bed, once the lights went out, I was overcome with fear. Every shape in my closet became an evil monster and every creak in the house was a robber coming to get me. And that’s when my mom got me a nightlight. This little light, and invention from the 1960s, helped to calm my imagination and to understand what was real and what was not. It gave me just enough light to make me feel secure in the darkness.
In Matthew 5:14-16 we read about our calling to be a light in the darkness 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.” Jesus declares in John 8:12 and 9:5 that He is the light of the world. And yet, if you look at the first seven words of the Matthew 5 passage above, Jesus is telling His followers, “You are the light of the world”. That’s us; that’s you and me. Sisters, when we follow Jesus, His light is in us and we are a light radiating in the world for Him.
Jesus continues his teaching by noting that “A town built on a hill cannot be hidden”. The Greek meaning for “hidden” as it is written in this text is Krypta and it means secret. Nobody builds a city on a hill expecting it to be a hidden fortress. If a city is built on a hill, you can see it from anywhere day or night. Similarly, when our life is built on Him – we can’t keep it a secret. The Christian life is not about being private detectives for Jesus…we are not on a secret mission.
Jesus concludes this section of scripture with an analogy that compares the city built on a hill and the light of a lamp. The purpose of a light is to illuminate; to help people see in the darkness. The town’s purpose, the lamp’s purpose – of course Jesus is going to bring it back around to our purpose, right? Yes! And just like it would be crazy to light a lamp and cover it up, it’s ludicrous to think that we should hide His light in us. Our purpose is to shine intentionally for Him.
We are called to go and illuminate the world, so everyone can see the light, love, mercy, grace, and hope of Jesus. Christ is the source of all the light that radiates from us. When we plug in to Him we will glow with a light that will shine in someone’s darkness illuminating their pathway to Christ. So today, when the world looks dim, sing out loud, "This little light of mine...I'm gonna let it shine!". And beaming brightly in Christ, confidently claim, “I am radiant…because He said so!”
Additional Reading: Psalm 119:105; Isaiah 60:1-2; John 8:12; John 17:22-23; Acts 13:47; Ephesians 5:7-8
I praise You today for all that You are; You are the Creator of the Universe, the King of kings and Lord of lords. You are the I AM! I know that You created me on purpose for a purpose. I am who You say I am. The enemy wants to hold me back from living out the calling You have placed on my life. Lord, saturate my mind with the truth of Your Word so that I may remember that my identity is found in You and only You. Remind me throughout the day, when the world comes tumbling in, that You are in control. Reveal Your will in my life as I only want to please You. No matter how difficult my day becomes I will remember that I can do all things through You (Phil 4:13). In Jesus' name. Amen