Advent: Day Twenty Four – Light of the World
Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” —
Ahmed and Kareem raced through their neighborhood in Cairo, trying to get home. They’d been out playing football with friends and lost track of the time. Now it was dark. Their home was on a street known to be dangerous, especially at night. The sound of footsteps behind them quickened their pace.
Turning the last corner, Ahmed ran into Kareem’s back as he skidded to a sudden stop. What? A glowing light bathed the middle of the block a few steps away from their building. Thanks to a brand new street light, the person following them darted away, and the boys knew they would reach home safely.
Back at their apartment, the boys’ mother told them some Christians purchased the building next door and installed the light as a service to the neighborhood. Their street was instantly transformed. That light and the presence of regular activity in the space literally chased away crime and brought a new sense of security. Many Muslim neighbors have stopped in to thank and bless these Christians for helping eliminate the threat of danger. Women and children can finally walk the street safely at night.
Jesus says in Matthew 5:14–16, “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
In Ahmed’s and Kareem’s neighborhood, God is using the tangible gift of light and loving presence of their new Christian neighbors to draw Muslims to the radiance of Jesus, Light of the World.
Are there shadowy places in your life that need to experience the light of Christ? Ask God to illuminate the fears, concerns and longings that may be hidden from your view. How is He calling you, as a light of the world, to be His agent of hope, healing and transformation to those still waiting for Good News?