How comfortable are you in talking about your faith with others? John the Baptist was sent ahead of Jesus to prepare the way for His ministry. And we read he was faithful in this mission: “John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message.”
We may not think of ourselves or others as inanimate objects like lamps—but if we really think about it, that’s exactly what we are.
We can either be bearers of light or darkness. For those who remain unplugged to the Source of light, they’ll remain living and abiding in the shadows. But for those who plug in to the true power Source, their light will shine brightly, illuminate their surroundings, and dispel any lingering darkness. When these lamps are turned on, they also reflect light, so others in the vicinity can also see.
If we live our lives apart from God, darkness and the shadows of evil are sadly inevitable. But if we lean into the Light as our strength and Guide, our world just got a whole lot brighter. And for our friends, neighbors, and family watching, when we talk about Jesus and talk about the change in our own lives, we will find their world will get a whole lot brighter too.
We all have the capacity to be lights in our world. May we lean into Christ as our Lord and Savior and be those burning, shining lamps in our own sphere of influence.
- Think of the variety of lamps you may see in homes and stores. How would you describe yourself—a dimly-lit desk lamp, a luminous floor lamp that shines into your specific corner, or a bright ceiling light that brightens up an entire room?
- Jesus is the Source of eternal light and life. May this be our prayer concerning those we know who are still far from Him: “Jesus, there are far too many in this world who still have yet to know you personally. But you are Love and Light, and it’s only through a relationship with you that they’ll find wholeness. Please use me to reach them for you!”
Witnesses to Jesus
31 “If I were to testify on my own behalf, my testimony would not be valid. 32 But someone else is also testifying about me, and I assure you that everything he says about me is true. 33 In fact, you sent investigators to listen to John the Baptist, and his testimony about me was true. 34 Of course, I have no need of human witnesses, but I say these things so you might be saved. 35 John was like a burning and shining lamp, and you were excited for a while about his message. 36 But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has testified about me himself. You have never heard his voice or seen him face to face, 38 and you do not have his message in your hearts, because you do not believe me—the one he sent to you.
39 “You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! 40 Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life.
41 “Your approval means nothing to me, 42 because I know you don’t have God’s love within you. 43 For I have come to you in my Father’s name, and you have rejected me. Yet if others come in their own name, you gladly welcome them. 44 No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.
45 “Yet it isn’t I who will accuse you before the Father. Moses will accuse you! Yes, Moses, in whom you put your hopes. 46 If you really believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 47 But since you don’t believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”