While I cannot blame the street lamp, which I am certain is utilizing a bulb of appropriate wattage, it did take me a while to notice it.
However, as it is an inanimate object, it is unable to make adjustments to the light that emanates from it.
We, on the other hand, can.
Is your light on? Is mine?
Can others see the Light of God reflecting from us?
Does our wattage need increasing?
Being a Christian is easier said than done; of this I am convinced. To walk in the footsteps of Christ is a tall order! Even more so when we try to do it on our own.
I have my light on, we may say. It is not my fault if people aren’t seeing it.
Well.. it kinda is.
We are reminded in Matthew 5:15 (NIV), “Neither do people light a lamp and put in under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand and it gives light to everyone in the house.”
At work, can people tell that we are Christians? Are we reflecting God’s Light in our words, our interactions with others, in our work ethics?
What about the people on the street? Can they see God’s Light shining through us?
Do we speed past the elderly person looking for a lift? What about the “white lie” we tell when a local drunk asks us for spare change?
Or, are we hiding our lights altogether?
Maybe we don’t have it completely concealed but it is turned down to dim. Folks know that we are Christians; we go to church after all. But it isn’t something that we broadcast; we don’t wish to draw attention to ourselves; holy-rollers tend to make others uncomfortable and we certainly don’t want that reputation.
We all have a choice to make.
Just like there are justifiably-specific expectations of people in particular uniforms, we are expected to be true to our calling if we take on the name of Christ.
So let us check the wiring in our bulbs and up the wattages as necessary.
God is counting on us. “You are my witnesses…said the Lord.” Isaiah 43:12 (NLT)