WE ARE THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

The Bible says, “Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.’” John 8:12. Our Lord Jesus Christ also said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 5: 14-16 The Lord was always giving the honor to God.   In the above passage He said "I am the Light of the world" but in many other passages told us that He and the Father were one. He had unlimited power because He had the power of God. God is the source of Light and the Lord Jesus Christ is sharing with us the Light that He originally received from God. Each one of us has a sparkle of that light which, translated into our terms, is God’s love, peace, joy, knowledge, and life. It includes all the attributes God gave us.

And even though each of us only has a sparkle of that light to begin with, we have the capacity to connect it with the Light of Christ and with each one of our fellow men. That light is the common denominator we have with our brothers, the link that joins us to them. It is our responsibility to enlarge that sparkle as much as possible, that the rays grow and ascend to God.  To be humble in this case does not mean to hide our light. The purpose of it is to illuminate our way and that of our brothers. Many of them don’t even know they have the Light of God in them and, therefore, are stumbling and falling.  Many of them are resentful towards God believing that something has been denied to them. They don’t feel God’s love.  Someone needs to tell them, and we are that someone. We need to do it with love and compassion in a way that they would understand that we all are equally loved by God.  

To belittle ourselves doesn’t mean to be humble, to say I am no one, or, who am I to do this or that? We have that divine sparkle in us which is Christ in us, and when we connect ourselves with His great rays of Light, we connect with His power, and we can say "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." That sparkle is like an embryo, is pure potentiality we need to develop it so that we can help ourselves and others to be closer to God. When we accept the Lord Jesus as our Guide and the Holy Spirit who is the Voice of God, They show us the way. They are in us, and by our side, and we can share this knowledge with those who don’t even know where they came from or to where they are going.  But we know it. Our Lord Jesus Christ said, "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Me" Therefore, if He is in us, others have the capacity to see Him in our lives. "I no longer live, but Christ lives in me."  That makes these words real, and it is our responsibility to help them find their way by saying and demonstrating that Christ lives in us.

The Lord Jesus Christ always gave honor and glory to the Father, and He is our role model. It is His example we need to follow. It is our responsibility to bring that light to others so they can see the road and learn to give the honor and glory to God. The world is in darkness.  People feel lost, without direction. They do not know where to place the next step. They are staggering. It is therefore our responsibility to go to them because we are the light of the world. The Holy Spirit uses our body as a means of communication that we may bring this message of love and hope to all those who have none. Let us share our knowledge with them so they also may come closer to God; that they may invite the Lord Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit as their Guides, since they are as loved as any other of God’s children.

To achieve it, they need to know they must abide under the shelter of the Almighty so they will enjoy His protection. When someone deviates, even though temporarily, they can see the difference between being a child of God in good standing or feeling unworthy. But there are many who only require little orientation, someone to tell them where to start, and we can provide that help. We can only give what we have.  It doesn’t matter how little we think we know; the Holy Spirit can use it to guide that individual.  Do not belittle yourself thinking that there is nothing you can do. Remind yourself – and also tell them – that something which could be preventing us from perceiving the Light of God is our anger and resentment. And if that is something that happens to us even though we have some knowledge, just imagine how it might affect those who know nothing about this principle.

“Who is the light of the world except God's Son?  This, then, is merely a statement of the truth about yourself. It is the opposite of a statement of pride, of arrogance, or of self-deception. It does not describe the self-concept you have made. It refers to you as you were created by God. Humility consists of accepting your role in salvation and in taking no other. It is not humility to insist you cannot be the light of the world if that is the function God assigned to you. It is only arrogance that would assert this function cannot be for you, and arrogance is always of the ego.” ACIM l-61:1-2.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51: 10.