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The Light of the World

December 1, 2018

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. – Luke 2:16-18

Years ago, as we rounded the corner toward our home after a tiring road trip, we were greeted by a neighbor’s home beautifully lit up with Christmas lights. I can’t tell you how much that ministered to my soul.

I had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit that year and those lights lifted my spirits. They brought me back to the original meaning of Christmas lights: to proclaim—to remember, really—that Jesus is the Light of the world.

As Christmas becomes ever busier, ever more commercial—and as all of that bumps hard against the ongoing troubling news headlines—it restores my soul to re-read the story of the first Christmas.

I need the reminder that the first celebrants were not in a hurry to get to the mall; they were in a hurry to get to Jesus. And upon seeing Him, their thoughts did not turn toward fretting over what to buy or bake; they turned toward telling others about Him. That’s a timeless prescription for a great Christmas.

While Jesus is the true Light of the world (John 8:12), remarkably, He used the same metaphor to describe us, His followers.

You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. – Matthew 5:14-16

So, this Christmas, remember that you don’t have an obligation to prop up the economy, but you do have an opportunity to spread the word about all that has been told you about this child. That isn’t about adding one more thing to your to-do list. No one needs that. It’s simply about being who God made you to be.

One way to let your light shine this season is to utilize the new resources available from Advent Conspiracy. You will be encouraged to worship fully, spend less, give more and love all this year!

So, as you take in the Christmas lights this year, remember what they represent. Jesus. The Light of the world. And remember this: You’re the light of the world, too.

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