How Do We React when facing difficult situations?
Have you ever walked into a room and the atmosphere is tense? Maybe there is a quarrel between family members? Maybe there is gossip between co-workers? Maybe someone is creating a conspiracy theory about another person? The potential scenarios are endless. How do we react when are faced with these types of situations?
Be the light. Be the light. Be the light…is literally my prayer each day. It almost seems like a childish prayer but sometimes we need childlike faith to get us places. Be the light is what Jesus asks of us.
“Here’s another way to put it: 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.” Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
Nowhere in the Bible does it state, if there is drama at work, pick the side that’s winning and tear the other people down. Nowhere does it state, when you and your child get in an argument, everyone around must bear the wrath of your anger. Nowhere does it state, if there is darkness in the atmosphere, make the atmosphere darker.
Christ asks us to be the light because it’s a reflection of Him.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” John 8:12 NIV
Christ is the Light of the world. God is light, and Christ is the image of God. One sun enlightens the whole world, imagine what Christ illuminates?
It only takes a tiny light to illuminate the darkness. Scientists explain darkness as nothing, and light as something. Which means darkness is the absence of energy where light is the presence of energy. So you know what this tells me? In my life, I am carrying the “energy” of this “light”. This light is not me, but the light of my Savior, Jesus Christ.
So here is a test, if there was a GPS tracker on you and your travels, would it show your transmission of Christ’s light? Would it look like a light saber show or a power outage? How often are you able to apply Matthew 5:14-16 in your day to day actions?
Thank you for being perfect and consistent even when I am not. Thank you for dying on the cross and taking my imperfections and making me clean. Though this world is filled with many situations that don’t honor you, I pray by your strength and grace, that you help me continue to be the light in the darkness. I ask for your Holy Spirit to be my guide and guard. Guide my words, guards my thoughts. Guide my spirit and decisions, guard my mind. I pray that my actions and behaviors demonstrate your light in any situations I face. I continue to humble and decrease myself to allow you to increase in me. In Jesus name-Amen.
Written By: Raemarie Kimura