I remember when my son started saying he was afraid of the dark. As an adult, I tried to explain to him that there is no need to be afraid of it, but I got no where with him. To help him out, we installed a night light and a lamp with a timer on it. Some nights he wanted the bathroom lights on too. Having more light made him feel more secure and allowed him to relax and to rest. As he matures, he will see there’s no reason to be afraid of the dark. It reminds me of the darkness that this world has and the light that you and I are called to be.
This world has been a dark place for a very long time. In fact, John wrote about it in the first chapter of his Gospel. He wrote, “The Word (Jesus) gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness can never extinguish it.” The darkness of this world cannot extinguish the light of Jesus. It has tried for two thousand years to put it out. It can’t because Jesus didn’t take the light with Him to Heaven. Instead, He gave it to us.
In Matthew 5:14, Jesus said, “You are the light of the world.” He put His light in us so that we could spread His light everywhere we go. Why then would we be afraid of the darkness of this world? Why wouldn’t we go to those who are in darkness and bring light into their world? Jesus said in the next verse, “No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket.” It wouldn’t make sense for me to put a cover on the night light in my son’s room and it doesn’t make sense for us to hide our light either.
Jesus said in Matthew 5:16, “Let your good deeds shine for all to see, so that everyone will praise your Heavenly Father.” Just as He came into the world and brought the light of Heaven down, He is asking us to share our light with others. He wants us to do good to those we meet. We don’t have to know what darkness they’re living in because the light we have inside can chase it away and ignite the light in them. Each of us just has to decide if we are going to hide our light under a basket or to allow God to place us on a lamp stand for all to see.