Day 19

Reflecting the Light



Matthew 5:1-16, Isaiah 49:6-7, Ephesians 4:17-24, Philippians 2:12-18

BY Jennifer Redmond

Section 2: People of the Light


A film camera is one of my favorite examples of the significance of light. The How Stuff Works website explains it this way: “To capture an image, you have to keep the film in complete darkness until it’s time to take the picture. Then, when you want to record an image, you let some light in. At its most basic level, this is all the body of a camera is—a sealed box with a shutter that opens and closes between the lens and film.” 

There are no photographs without light. It makes things visible through the reflective mechanism of a camera. 

As we’ve been learning throughout this season, Jesus is the Light of the World. We are called, then, to act as the reflective mechanism. Like the song says, “This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.”

Many times I sang this simple children’s song, did the hand motions, and enjoyed it. If you had asked me to explain what it means, I would probably have said we need to tell other people about Jesus. While that’s true, age and experience have taught me that there’s a lot of individual nuance in the telling, or the “shining,” if you will. 

Each of us, unique from one another with our personalities and circumstances, reflects the same source of light. We are called to be obvious and clear in our love for Jesus, to not hide our affection for Him, because our actions point others toward God (Matthew 5:16). But because we are each created with specific giftings and circumstances, the “shining” will look different. It might entail cooking someone a meal, writing an encouraging note, or helping a neighbor with yard work. Our actions are meant to be evidence that God “is working in you both to will and to work according to His good purpose” (Philippians 2:13). In acting in obedience, we will “shine like stars in the world” (v.14). 

We can find encouragement in these words when we struggle with the surrounding world that so often fails to acknowledge God. It is Christ working in us that we are reflecting. He is the light that shines to those around us, and He is making us into a reflection of His image in our specific giftings and circumstances. This Advent, be glad and rejoice that you are invited, called, and equipped to live as a reflection of the one, true Light!

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75 thoughts on "Reflecting the Light"

  1. Sarah Burckhard says:

    Need prayer. This time of the year is hard on me due to the loss of my 3 children. Thank you for your prayers.

  2. Victoria E says:

    ERB thanks for sharing your prayer requests. I will be praying for your friends and brother and for you

  3. Bev says:

    The scripture that jumped out at me today is in Ephesians 4:19, “(those in darkness) indulge…with a continual lust for more.”
    Amidst this consumer-centric, over-consumptive, works-based time of year those of us who abide in Christ know that HE is all we need to fill and satisfy the God-sized void in our lives.
    To quote the great theologian Dr. Seuss, ‘Maybe Christmas doesn’t come from a store. Maybe, just maybe, Christmas means a little bit more.”

    LORI, AG and everyone else who frets about their ability to share the gospel: do not underestimate the power of your story. What God has done – and is doing – in your lives is a testimony to his grace, mercy, and power of sanctification. No one can argue with that or take that away from you.

  4. Victoria E says:

    Sarah D praying for you and your work anxiety. I know it well.

  5. Rachel says:

    ANGIE thank you for the reminder that spiritual forces are at play in so many of our stressful/challenging circumstances and relationships. I needed that perspective shift. SEARCHING thank you for your prayers…I think I should stick to silent prayers for patience and keep my mouth shut – who even knows what might slip out once it’s open ;)

  6. CeeGee says:

    In acting in obedience, we will “shine like stars in the world” (v.14).

    “We can find encouragement in these words when we struggle with the surrounding world that so often fails to acknowledge God. It is Christ working in us that we are reflecting. He is the light that shines to those around us, and He is making us into a reflection of His image in our specific giftings and circumstances. This Advent, be glad and rejoice that you are invited, called, and equipped to live as a reflection of the one, true Light!” Beautiful post, Jennifer Redmond!
    Adding my “in Jesus Name” to each prayer request spoken or unspoken.

    HEIDI, ‘light shaming’ indeed! Like ANGIE mentioned, there is enough dirt being thrown at our ‘fire’ without us kicking sand at it, too. The good news is that if the LIGHT is from Jesus, no one can snuff it out! Thank you, SHES
    , for the beauty in your sharing today!

  7. Lexi B says:

    I love the Beautitudes! I am a visual learner so one of my favorite versions of this sermon is from the Chosen. Here is the link if you wanna watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02hbIq7rFDs

    Kelly- Go forth and twinkle. I love this!
    Melanie- Praying for you during this season.
    ERB- Praying for your brothers finals, your friends who are facing possible legal action and your best friend who has experienced such great loss. May Jesus be found in all of these situations. May you be a light in their lives in this difficult time.
    Sarah D- Praying for you and your anxiety. May God wrap you up and give you the comfort you need. May you rest in Him.

    Ladies I have a prayer need myself. As I close out my uncles estate, I learned on Tuesday that my father died. Had a very complicated relationship with him and just trying to process all this loss. One of my older siblings is taking it exceptionally hard which is understandable, so we are trying to support her, while still grieving my uncle. Thank you for being such a wonderful community and a community of prayer :)

  8. Skylar Hilton says:

    The verse that stood out for me in this bible study is “Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness sake.”

    I think being persecuted for preaching Jesus, while tough, is a blessing in its own way. Telling the truth about Jesus is something so beautiful.. and to take all of that backlash by others FOR Him is so worth it. ALL that I am is for Jesus, if He wanted me to be put on the front lines for Him, how could I say no? Sufferings are (at least in my view) little hugs and kisses from Jesus. The more broken we are, the more we allow Jesus to fix us. I love Him so much

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