The ways of right-living people glow with light;
the longer they live, the brighter they shine.
But the road of wrongdoing gets darker and darker—
travelers can’t see a thing; they fall flat on their faces.
Source: Proverbs 4:18-19 (The Message)
Jesus is clear with me. He says “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.” (Matthew 5:14) Jesus makes me a light for all to see. My job is to shine the light of Jesus on everything. Jesus said it so He knows what he is doing. If I was Jesus (and be thankful I am not), I would give me that job. I think some of my wiring is loose.
It all starts with Jesus. “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.” (John 8:12) This makes it clearer. I can only be the light because Jesus is the light. Jesus gives me the ability to bring truth and what is right into any situation. It is not about me. It is only about Jesus.
Jesus makes me right with God and gives me the ability to live a life of light. Without Jesus, I am in a spiral, life keeps getting darker and darker. I can’ see. I am blind.
What is the good news? Jesus gives me the light of life. God is in a good mood and delights in making this happen for me. I am so thankful for this great gift.
What does age have to do with my light shining brighter? I don’t know why but as I grow older, I seem to “get it” better. Perhaps all this time spent with Jesus and His word is actually paying off. Lots of lessons and perhaps some of them actually learned. Or as Charles Schulz said “Just remember, when you’re over the hill, you begin to pick up speed.”