christmas light

Do you have Christmas lights on your house?  On your Christmas tree inside your house?  It’s so much fun to decorate for Christmas with bright colored lights!  In my neighborhood we have tree-lined streets and many of us decorate our trees along the streets with the same colored lights:  white on the bottom, green on the top.  I wish you could all drive through my neighborhood at dark.  It’s beautiful!  White and green trees shining and sparkling as they guide you through the neighborhood roads.

Now let me ask you another question.  Those Christmas lights you have, do you cover them up at night?  You know, so no one will see them shine? Do you put a giant box over your Christmas tree to hide the sparkling lights?  Or a big wall in front of your house so the neighbors won’t see your lights shine?  I’m guessing your answer is no.  That would be silly.  No one puts up all those blue, red, green and gold lights just to hide them.

Jesus said in Matthew 5:14-16, “You are the light of the world.  A city 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 men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven,” (NIV).

Just a couple months ago several houses in my neighborhood were decorated for Halloween.  I saw things like orange lights and cotton spider webs stretched over porches.  Then overnight they seemed to magically transform into red and green lights, angels, nativities and snowmen.  You see, people have Christmas on their minds right now.  They are shopping for gifts to give away, baking cookies in the shape of stars, donating money to the poor by dropping coins in bell ringers’ buckets, decorating with angels, and planning get-togethers with family and friends.  What a perfect time to let the light of Jesus that is in us shine for others to see so that maybe they will praise our Father in heaven.  Wouldn’t that be amazing?  The people around us also praising our Father in heaven?

So how do we do that?  How can we be the light of the world like Jesus told us we are?  Think about the people you know.  Do you have a friend or family member who needs to know what Christmas is really all about?  What about the people you see throughout the day?  Maybe we can be a light just by telling our mail carrier “Merry Christmas” or paying for the mocha that the customer behind us just ordered at the Starbuck’s drive-thru or maybe making the phone call to that person that’s been on our mind for days.  We could take a plate of cookies to our neighbor with an invitation to come to church with us, or read Luke chapter two with our family, or just take time to pray with our spouse.  Or just choose to live life God’s way each day.

If you have trusted Jesus as your Savior, then you are the light of the world.  Just like the Christmas lights shining in the dark in your neighborhood.  Don’t cover them up.

What will YOU do to shine the light of Jesus this Christmas season?