I have a story for you. I’m sitting at my boyfriend’s high school graduation, and all of the sudden the power to the entire football stadium went out. A balloon had caught in the lights and bam (insert small explosion noises). We were in the dark. The cool thing was just about everyone in the place took out their cellphones, in record time, and had their flashlights on. That’s what the picture is of. A whole bunch of lights in complete darkness. They continued calling the graduates names and within thirty minutes the lights were back on. But as I sat in the darkness, honestly, bored out of my mind (there were several hundred graduates and by this point my boyfriend had received his diploma), two wonderful thoughts came to me.
In Matthew 5:14-16 the Bible says “Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
The first thought that came to mind has to do with verses fourteen and fifteen. You see, so many of these people had lights in their pockets, yet had the stadium lights never gone out, no one would have ever known. As Christians, we all carry a light within our hearts. These verses in Matthew, however, tell us that our lights should not be hidden. We should not be ashamed of the light that is within us. Do not hide it. In fact, the Bible says we cannot be hid. The stronger your walk with God, the higher the hill you sit upon. You cannot hide from the world. All those lights were hidden in people’s pockets, but we should not keep our lights in our pockets; we should let them shine as bright as possible for this world to see.
That brings me to my second thought. In verse sixteen, Jesus tells us to let our lights shine. As Christians, our lights shine in a world full of darkness. That’s what the picture reminded me of the most. We live in a dark world. As Christians, we seem to have this mindset that there are so few of us left in this world. That is the most untrue thing I’ve ever heard of. The lights of Christians shine all around us. There are more of us than some people realize. As each of these people during graduation began to turn their flashlights on, I began to see each light as the life of a Christian. I began to think about how brightly we really do shine for the world. Jesus can shine so bright through us if we let Him. And I think that’s the most glorious thing!
So as many of the graduates were freaking out because they got their diplomas in the dark and no one could see them. I sat there in utter peacefulness knowing that I am a bright light shining for the world and that my light is not hidden deep in my pocket. Instead, it is set on a hill for the entire world to see. I ask you… Does your light sit in your pocket? Or does it shine brightly in the darkness for the world to see??