A Pastors Perspective, You Are The Light


By, Mike Upchurch

You are the Light

Jesus said of His followers that we are light…

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:14

It’s important to notice that He didn’t say in that verse that He was the light, but rather WE are the light. He did refer to Himself as the light of the world in another passage (John 8:12), but in this verse He is referring to us.
So we are light. What does light do? It repels darkness. Dark, no matter how dark, can never overtake light. Not even the faintest of light. It’s impossible.
I have a phone charger behind a night stand in my bedroom, the type with the USB port, and it has a tiny blue LED light to show when it is connected to power. I have room darkening drapes, and at midnight that room is very dark. But that teeny tiny light, a light so small you wouldn’t even notice if the lamp was on, is glowing brightly in that dark bedroom of mine. Darkness can’t cover it. Can’t make it go away; but that little bitty light sure can make the darkness go away around it!
Light, however small, will ALWAYS repel darkness. And so we, as light, should shine no matter what darkness is in our lives. There should be light, though it might be a very faint glow at times, emanating from us in the darkest of circumstances.
When darkness does come, whether it is because of sickness, or loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one, or just depression from our daily battles, no matter what the darkness there should be a glimmer of light. That light is a display of our hope. Our hope is in the Lord. We have hope that tomorrow will be a better day because He will be there. We should have a song. We should have a testimony, and it will be a light to those around us who may also be in darkness.
I’m sure you’ve all seen or perhaps even own a rechargeable flashlight. They stay plugged into an outlet, and are ready to go if the power fails. But it’s critical to charge that light before darkness ever comes. You must keep it plugged in so that it will be ready when you need it. And it’s no different for us. We must stay plugged into Jesus so that when darkness comes, we are fully charged with the presence of the Lord and we will glow in the midst of darkness. How do you stay charged up? By fellowshipping with the Lord. By having intimate quiet time with Him. Also by reading His promises and perhaps committing them to memory. Nothing like being able to quote a scripture or two in the midst of adversity to remind yourself that God is there…..
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;” Psalms‬ ‭46:1-2‬ ‭
“No weapon that is formed against you will prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgment you will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their vindication is from Me,” declares the LORD.” ‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭54:17‬
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, “my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!” Psalms‬ ‭91:1-2‬
There are many more as well, and the next time darkness tries to creep in, just remembering a simple verse can be all the light we need to drive the darkness away! Remember Jesus own words….
“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 ‭5:16

This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine!

And that’s the way I see it!

Pastor Mike