Oh…I love the Lights at Christmas. I love looking at them on the Christmas trees, on my neighbors’ houses, and in the yards around town. I love the small displays and the large ones – the colorful ones and the white ones. To me, the more lights we have the merrier.
Our small town puts on a great Christmas lights display every year. My family and I love to drive through the downtown area just to see what’s new. Last night, when my daughter and I took the tour, we actually got out and walked around. Small children were running up to the larger then life animals, gingerbread men, and the nativity with so much wonder and joy like they were discovering something new for the first time. It made me want to become a kid again.
As we continued to walk along, I began thinking about how each of the displays were made up of individual lights. That is when the Lord broke into my thoughts and said, “You are the light of the world.” (Matt. 5:14) This made me think about my witness to others and what this season is all about.
Am I making an impact with my witness for Christ in my everyday life? Am I glorifying my Savior in everything I do and say? Am I meeting people where they are and praying for them to get to where they need to be – salvation or maturity? Is my neighborhood a better place because I came with the light of Christ?
Then the Lord expanded my thoughts and opened up my understanding to a new way of looking at these festive lights. Each believer is a light. However, if all of our lights came together in their proper places, we could become a beautiful eye catching presentation of the glory of God. One strand of lights could be the Methodists, one the Baptists, one the Independents but together we form the nativity scene in all we say and do. Think about it! If we could just cut ourselves loose of what separates us and come once again like a child, full of wonder and joy, what a difference we could make as a united front.
Is your light shining bright this Christmas so the world will know that our Savior has come? Are you connecting with other believers in and outside your home church so that unity can multiply? Go ahead...drive through your area’s Christmas light display and then think about the possibilities for yourself and the Body of Christ.