A girl is walking down a hallway at school. At the beginning of the hallway, she puts on a smile. As she walks down the hallway smiling at friends, strangers, even enemies, others start smiling too. This girl started a chain reaction of light in her school.
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus gives us a familiar statement, reminding us that we are the light of the world. But if you pay close attention, you’ll notice a word that we often overlook: cannot. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
It is a simple fact that when you turn on a light in a room, that room automatically becomes brighter. The darkness, not matter how vast and daunting it seemed, was overpowered by a single light.
No matter how dark it is, light always overpowers darkness.
Remember the “chain reaction” the girl started when she smiled at other students? This works the opposite way as well. Instead of coming down the hallway smiling and spreading joy, she has a scowl on her face and says rude things to those around her. Her friends are left in a bad mood and take it out on the next person. That’s what can happen when we spread darkness instead of light.
Our world is full of darkness. No matter how hard we try ignoring that fact, it’s the truth. If you spend your life trying to act they way “everyone else” does, you’re simply adding to the darkness. What difference can an unlit candle in a dark room make?
Someone once said, “Let your smile change the world, but don’t let the world change your smile.” If anyone in the world has a reason to smile, don’t you think it’s those of us who have been saved by the blood of Jesus and are striving to give our lives to Him?
One match is all it takes to start a forest fire. Are you going to fall into the fire of worldliness. or are you going to shine the light of Jesus living in you and through you? It’s your choice.