I’ve been thinking through the idea of being reflectors of the light of Christ in preperation for our church’s prayer weekend. We are called to be light in this world of darkness, to be the salt and light difference in a dark and tasteless society, but the important thing to note in all of this is that we are not the source of the light, but merely reflectors of the light of Christ, pointing others to Christ as we journey as pilgrims through this life on earth. So here’s some thoughts as I’ve considered this idea of reflecting the light of Christ in soceity.
- LOOK UP : The SOURCE of light
PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING1 John 1:5“God is light; in him there is no darkness at all”
John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”
- LOOK IN : The light exposes Darkness within
PRAYER OF CONFESSION
1 John 1:5-10 “5This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all[b] sin. 8If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 10If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives.”Job 33:29 (MSG) “This is the way God works. Over and over again He pulls our souls back from certain destruction so we’ll see the light—and live in the light!
- LOOK OUT : Reflecting the Light of Christ to a dark and needy world
PRAYER OF INTERCESSIONMatthew 5:14 (MSG) “You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand—shine!”
Matt 5:16: In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
A song that sums up alot of these thoughts and was pointed out to me by a friend is entitled Sun and Moon by Phil Wickham, and highlights the idea that we like the moon simply reflect the light of Christ.