Daily Post: Shimmer
It doesn’t look like the earth is curved to me, but then my sight is limited to about 3 miles, on my best days. According to scientist, human visual acuity ranges far beyond that. If earth were flat, and we were on the top of a mountain, a person could see a candle flame flickering up to 30 miles away. The distance a human eye can see is based on how many particles of light (or photons) a distant object emits. The stars in this image, seen clearly on the beach are 2.6 million light-years from Earth. The Andromeda galaxy’s stars in total emit enough light that several thousand photons hit each square centimeter of Earth every second, that’s more than enough to excite our retinas.
Now just imagine the human eye’s visual acuity as a metaphor for spiritual awareness. The spiritual darkness on this planet is at an all-time high. It requires more light to penetrate this malevolent murkiness and the forces which blind human eyes to God’s love, mercy and grace. John the apostle wrote of Jesus coming into the world using the imagery of light.
There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light. There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.
Were we to have John’s experience today, we might say, “please don’t look at me, look instead at the light I bear, for it is the light of Truth, given to me by Jesus. I’m not the LIGHT, I only testify about the LIGHT.” And if we were to do this today, we would only be fulfilling what Jesus commands of us, just as He did those listening on the hillside thousands of years ago. Then the LIGHT rang true in the many stories, parables, and lessons which Jesus shared with the crowds who followed Him.
You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden; nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
At a time when the church, the collective of true Christ-followers around the world need to be united, in many ways today we reflect more dullness than light. The church has been infiltrated with the same contemptuous attitudes that prevail on the nightly news and newspaper headlines. The LIGHT of the gospel of Jesus, once bright and shining across the seas, has waned into a shimmer in comparison to the growing darkness.
Now I bring you hope. Today I offer you encouragement. Think again about the facts of light and the visual acuity of the human eye. If the eye can see candle-light from 30 miles away, then the heart can see truth when it is standing right in from of them! Don’t be discouraged that you may be the only light at your workplace! Don’t give up hope for those who live in your home, who need to see the light. Just BE who Jesus tells you to be! “You are the light of the world!”
Even the smallest, the least little shimmer of light that you bear in Jesus name, has the POWER to banish the darkness and bring truth to the heart which seeks God! It has always been true and it remains true today!
Be like the Paul the apostle, don’t hide your light, but speak it boldly, live it confidently, and watch God be glorified!
For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
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